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Roskilde is a small town on the island of Zealand, 35km west of Copenhagen. The short distance makes it ideal for a day trip from the capital (30’ by train). Roskilde (with a population of about 50,000 inhabitants) has a small city centre where you can visit the famous cathedral, some museums and smaller churches and then walk down to the beautiful harbor (through Bypark) where you can visit the Viking Ship museum.
We decided to stay 4 days here to go slowly but also to use Roskilde as a base, with so many trains going to Copenhagen you feel like that you are in a suburb of the capital(although Roskilde has its own indetity).
Roskilde is also famous of its annual pop&rock festival (unfortunately we visited the city 2 weeks after the festival but we will return some day) but apart from that it’s just a peaceful town, the locals just visit Copenhagen for nightlife spots.
Roskilde is an old city, actually it dates from the Viking Age as it was founded in the 10th century by the lively tribe of the Vikings, at Roskilde museum you see olde finds like pottery, soapstone, coins and jewellery, finds that were made on the hill where the present centre is located(but also at Jorgensbjerg and Vindeboder districts). Coins have been minted in Roskilde under very single king starting with Cnut the Great(1018-35) while the last coin was struck in 1536.
Roskilde was the first capital of Denmark but also it was also an important religious town (the first church was built here by king Harald Bluethooth Gormsson in 980AD on the spot where the famous cathedral stands today). For Roskilde, the Renaissance was synonymous with decline, in 1417 Erik of Pomerania managed to deprive the Roskilde bishops of their most significant possession which was Copenhagen. In 1479 country’s university was founded here. After the Reformation (1536) Roskilde shrank, parish churches and monastic houses were demolished. In the 1600s, plague epidemics, fires and Swedish Wars killed many people with plagues and fires returning again at the beginning of 18th century. A lot of money came for renovation, it was that time when the new city hall was built on Staendertorvet square and the baroque yellow Palace was made.
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