W&L requires me to take a Danish language and culture class while I am here. While Danish is the source of many lingual frustrations, I am really liking the cultural part of the class. We read stories by Hans Christian (H.C., or otch-seh) Anderson, listen to popular Danish bands, and occasionally go on field trips. One of our most recent trips was to Roskilde Domkirke, a UNESCO World Heritage Site in Roskilde, Denmark.
Constructed in the 12th and 13th centuries, the Cathedral is the first Gothic style building made of brick. It has served many purposes throughout the years, and is still a working church. More importantly, though, Roskilde has been the burial place for Denmark's kings and queens (konger og dronninger) since the 1460s, when Christian I was buried there.
There are several different royal chapels that have been built within the church, each beautiful and unique. I'll let pictures speak for themselves:
|Cold but clear: The outside of the church, from a square nearby|
|The iconostasis, or altar screen, used in Medieval times so peasants who could not understand Latin could still see biblical, holy pictures. This iconostasis is carved wood that has been painted.|
|Chapel of the Magi: Christian I's Chapel|
|Christian IX's Chapel; Frederik VIII and Queen Louise of Sweden-Norway are also buried there|
|Frederik V's Chapel|
|Detail on Margrethe I's sarcophagus|
|Wrought iron lattice separating the chapel from the nave, made by Caspar Fincke|