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Roskilde Cathedral (Danish: Roskilde Domkirke), in the city of Roskilde on the island of Zealand (Sjælland) in eastern Denmark, is a cathedral of the Lutheran Church of Denmark. The first Gothic cathedral to be built of brick, it encouraged the spread of the Brick Gothic style throughout Northern Europe. Constructed during the 12th and 13th centuries, the cathedral incorporates both Gothic and Romanesque architectural features in its design. Until the 20th century, it was Zealand's only cathedral. Its twin spires dominate the skyline of the town.

The cathedral has been the main burial site for Danish monarchs since the 15th century. As such, it has been significantly extended and altered over the centuries to accommodate a considerable number of burial chapels. Following the Danish Reformation in 1536, the bishop's residence was moved to Copenhagen while the title was changed to Bishop of Zealand. Coronations normally took place in Copenhagen's Church of Our Lady or in the chapel of Frederiksborg Palace.

The cathedral is a major tourist attraction, bringing in over 125,000 visitors annually. Since 1995, it has been listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. A working church, it also hosts concerts throughout the year. Der Dom zu Roskilde ist der erste gotische Dom aus Backstein. Das in Roskilde auf der dänischen Insel Seeland stehende Gebäude trug somit maßgeblich zur Verbreitung der Backsteingotik bei. Die 1280 fertiggestellte Kirche ist der traditionelle Begräbnisort der dänischen Könige und in neuerer Zeit Touristenmagnet. 1995 nahm die UNESCO den Dom in die Liste des Weltkulturerbes auf.

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Comments (189)

abraxas_aut on June 1

Heiner, danke für deinen langen "Besuch" und Grüße

Lucho_G on June 6

Buena toma abraxasaut.
Like, Saludos desde Argentina.

abraxas_aut on June 6

Lucho, many thanks for your visit and greetings to Argentina!

Gori Bau on June 9

very nice view of the cathedral => LIKE => greetings from Italy, Fabrizio

abraxas_aut on June 10

Fabrizio, thanks a lot and have a nice evening!

Ahmet Bekir on June 20

Splendid capture abraxas,


best wishes and regards, Ahmet

abraxas_aut on June 21

Ahmet, many thanks and best wishes

Søren Terp yesterday

Splendid place, great composition - Like! Thanks for your Like to one of my photos.

abraxas_aut 23 hours ago

Søren thanks a lot and best wishes

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