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“from the outside impressive, but not to be visited during weekends...”
1 of 5 bubbles Review of Roskilde Cathedral

Roskilde Cathedral
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US$148.91*
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Grand Day Trip around Copenhagen
Ranked #1 of 55 things to do in Roskilde
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Owner description: The royal burial church of Denmark and a UNESCO world heritage site. Experience a magnificent church and an architectural masterpiece. 1000 Years of Danish history are gathered here under beautifully decorated vaults and in dark crypts. Here 39 kings and queens of Dnemark lie buried. Roskilde Cathedral is just 20 minutes away by train from Copenhagen central station.
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“from the outside impressive, but not to be visited during weekends...”
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 August 2014

From the outside the church looks quite nice, in the classical Denmark building stile of churches during the last centuries. It can be spotted that the church consists of several building periods (as the chapels were added only later, after the finalisation of the main building).
However (and this is the reason why I would rate it with one star only): I intended to visit the interior of the church which lists itself in the rank of the Notre Dame in Paris on a Saturday. In spite of being listed as one of the UNESCO world heritage sites, it was closed to the public (due to local weddings). And on Sundays it is only closed in the afternoon for some hours. Thus I could only get a glimpse of the church's interior (the organ looks quite impressive) via looking from the exterior to inside during a short wedding break. Disappointing for a UNESCO-site...

Visited August 2014
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David H, Gæsteansvarlig at Roskilde Cathedral, responded to this review, 3 September 2014
It is unfortunate that you were not able to visit the cathedral. However, since the cathedral is both the royal burial church of Denmark, designated a UNESCO world heritage site as well as a functioning parish church the cathedral can be closed due to the occasional wedding or funeral. This does not happen every weekend and the majority of weekends throughout the year the cathedral will be open. We find your review a bit unfair as we always encourage our visitors via our official brochures, advertisements, webpage and a growing number of published guide books to consult our opening hours to see if there are changes prior to visiting the cathedral.
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“Inspiring”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 August 2014

The resting place of so many of Denmark's royals, this cathedral is worth exploring. I liked the outside tomb of a sailor king whose family knew he wouldn't want to be cooped up in a chapel. The organ is astonishing and the altar glorious. Take time, sit and --if there aren't too many tourists!--absorb the peacefulness of this sanctuary.

Visited August 2014
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EVANSTON
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“Very impressive”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 August 2014

We weren't able to go inside but took lots of pictures from the outside. The church sits in a historic square. Beautiful construction. Don't miss it.

Visited July 2014
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Brussels, Belgium
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“Astonishing place!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 August 2014 via mobile

The cathedral in Roskilde is truly amazing. There may be greater and grander cathedrals out there, but in Denmark for sure not! And the history of the place is something worth having a look at, even on a sunny day as it were when we passed through on 11 August. I'd go back!

Visited August 2014
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“Really neat cathedral”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 August 2014

Although the Danish churches are less elaborate than Catholic counterparts in other countries, they are still beautiful. This church is the resting place of Danish royalty and the side chapels are literally packed with the sarcopaguses of past kings, queens and nobels. Look for the interesting antimated clock at back of church complete with dragon and the new side chapel under development for burial of the current queen (who is still alive and well).

Visited August 2014
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