25 July 2016

Cavorting with the Companion, Vol. 2: Roskilde Domkirke

The first time I actively took out my camera and took photos was when we were in Roskilde. We went to this cute little town outside of Copenhagen after finishing the paperwork we needed to do in Copenhagen City Hall. So after that, we headed over to the train station and bought tickets to head to Roskilde. When we got there, we walked to the center of town, and after strolling along the main street, we found ourselves face to face with the largest cathedral in the city.

This cathedral belongs to the Lutheran Church of Denmark. It is the first cathedral built of brick, and it spawned the construction of Brick Gothic architecture in northern Europe. I do remember seeing plenty of similar architecture when I visiting Helsingor in 2008. Anyway, this is a massive cathedral, and its structure dominates the skyline of the city. But more importantly, this cathedral is famous for being the burial places of Danish monarchs from the 15th century.

See those photos? It's massive, eh?

This is a working cathedral, so all the fixtures are there. In fact, when we visited, we were told that they would be closed in the afternoon, because there was a funeral that was going to occur. The photos I show above illustrate the various religious fixtures inside this church.

There are plenty of chapels around the main area. I actually found the printed guide they give you very helpful, since there really is just so many things to see, for example, look at the sepulchral monuments I have above.

Finally, here are the photos of the tombs. I am not familiar with Danish monarchy at all, so the names don't carry any connotations to me. Nevertheless, there are plenty of buried monarchs here, and somehow I just cannot stop wondering what it would be like worshiping here while surrounded by dead bodies. Dead bodies are everywhere, from the chapels surrounding the seating area, to the area behind the altar. There's a part of me that thinks that is a very creepy affair.

Anyway, this is one of those cathedrals who charge for admission. Some people might have an issue with that, but I have to say, that the interior holds marvels that are definitely worth the entrance fee you would pay. If you want to learn something about Denmark and its history, then this is a good place to start.

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