Denmark, Roskilde Viking Museum, 4th August, 2012 pm

The Viking Ship Museum is also to be found in Roskilde. This working museum is on the shores of the fjord.  Over 60 vessels can be seen at the museum.

Some of them are very old including the wrecks of five Viking ships dating from the 11th Century.  These were found in the fjord near Skuldelev.  They were lovingly raised from the mud and are now preserved under cover at the museum.

The beautiful lines of a Viking ship    (P1000156 © DY of jtdytravels)


One of the five 11th Century Viking ships in the museum
(P1000154 © DY of jtdytravels)

The museum’s boatyard is the working part of the museum.

Modern-day craftsmen build wonderful wooden boats from old designs.

Replicas of Viking ships    (P1000165 © DY of jtdytravels)


Quietly tied up at the wharf   (P1000169 © DY of jtdytravels)


ship under construction    (P1000168 © DY of jtdytravels)


Oared and ready to go! (P1000175 © DY of jtdytravels)

In 2000, the museum started a major project to build an exact copy of a 30 metre long trading vessel, one of the five ships found in the mud not so far away.  This ship was originally built in Dublin in 1042, a fact that was established from the timbers used in its construction.  The wonders of modern science!

The new ship was christened the Sea Stallion of Glendalough, (Havhingsten fra Glendalough).  In June 2007, with a 65-man crew aboard, it successfully sailed back to Dublin.

We made one last stop before heading back to Copenhagen.  We stopped at a Viking orientated Outdoor Museum.  Here, families lived as the Vikings would have making clothes, cooking, dyeing and other activities for a ‘different’ weekend.

A Viking dwelling    (P1000177 © DY of jtdytravels)


New-age Vikings   (P1000180 © DY of jtdytravels)


Pots of old   (P1000181 © DY of jtdytravels)


This one is definitely not a sea-going boat   (P1000184 © DY of jtdytravels)


The simple interior of a Viking house   (P1000191 © DY of jtdytravels)

Just as we left the village, a heavy thunderstorm broke and followed us most of the way back to Copenhagen.  On arrival, however, the skies had cleared and we spent a lovely night at Tivoli having a meal overlooking an area through which many people strolled and kids played.

Next stop on our Viking Islands Adventure was to be The Shetlands… next musings    D

Denmark, Roskilde Cathedral, 4th August 2012 pm

We headed out of the city to Roskilde for lunch. You can check out this old town on .

Unfortunately for me this trip was in exactly the same direction as the train trip I took to get to the tram museum of a couple of days before!  In fact, Roskilde was one of the stations I could have gone to if I’d continued with that quest.

Roskilde is the former Medieval capital of Denmark.  Lying at the head of the Roskilde fjord, the city nestles on Zealand Island.  The population (1 January 2012) was 47,828.

The town centre is well preserved with many of its old buildings still in existence. One of these is the stately Roskilde Cathedral.

Side chapel, Roskilde Cathedral (P10001382 © DY of jtdytravels)

Roskilde Cathedral was the first Gothic cathedral to be built of brick.

It was constructed during the 12th and 13th centuries.

The Roskilde Cathedral     ( P1000132 © DY of jtdytravels)

The cathedral is a major tourist attraction, bringing in over 125,000 visitors annually.   Now, that should be 125,006 for 2012 – but the cathedral was closed when we visited because of a wedding. I understand that you have to be born in Roskilde to claim the right to be married in the cathedral.

Another facade of the Cathedral (P10001391 © DY of jtdytravels)

Since 1995, this Cathedral has been listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.  Danish monarchs have been interred in the Cathedral since the 15th Century.  As such it has been much altered over the centuries to accommodate newly needed burial chapels.

Another view of the Cathedral (P1000148 © DY of jtdytravels)


A view through the colonnades (P10001462 © DY of jtdytravels)


Old dwellings in Cathedral precinct (P1000133 © DY jtdytravels)

The area around the cathedral has some lovely old buildings, all well maintained and lived in.

Our next stop for the day, after lunch, was the Viking Museum – my next musings.   D