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Odense Cathedral (St.Canute?s church) is the oldest and probably the largest church in Odense.

There was a travertine church in Romanesque style since 11th century that was built to house the remains of King Canute that was murdered in St Alban church in 1086. The church was burned down in 1247 and the church we see today was built 2 centuries later (in 1499) in gothic style, amazing that it took about 200 years to be completed! We took some photos of the cruciform shape of the cathedral and then walked inside to check the high vaulted ceilings and the rest of the interior.

The altarpiece that dates from the early 16th century is beautiful while the organ dates from 1752 (actually only the fašade is original, the organ expanded and improved later).

We also visited the crypt where you can see on display the skeleton of King Canute and also his brother Benedict. There were a lot of nuns there visiting the crypt that day and obviously they took a lot of time there, we just took some pictures.

Free admission
It?s open 10.00-17.00 (Sundays 12.00-17.00), visits are not allowed during services

Address: Klosterbakken 2, 5000 Odense,
Directions: Opposite the Town Hall
Website: http://www.odense-domkirke.dk

Review Helpfulness: 2.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Written Oct 12, 2011
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