Weekending in Roskilde: From the Cathedral to Mexican Restaurant


One of my dreams since I moved to Denmark is to travel around my new adopted country and its region, and I just begun to credit this dream last month. Starting with Malmø (i know it’s Swedish territory), and this weekend for Roskilde.

Have you ever heard Roskilde festival? RO’s mall? University of Roskilde? Yes, they are all examples of the fame and famous from a city of Roskilde. Situated by the sound of Roskilde, directly connected to Atlantic ocean, the city offers a small, classic, yet has everything that general big cities have.

Yesterday, I decided to short visit Roskilde, just to get a glimpse how this city many people talk about look like. As usual, it was Saturday and I woke up late, which made me have to take afternoon train from Copenhagen central station. It uses 8 zones to travel between Copenhagen and Roskilde; simply get the ticket from billet center, which indicate one clip as 4 zones valid for 1,5 hours. So per person, I needed to clip 2 times.

It took about 35-40 minutes journey. And here I was (with my husband): Roskilde station, with three gigantic vases across it.

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Winter wind is still here and greyish sky hanged above me. There was one place of attraction I aimed, indoor one: Roskilde Cathedral, located in downtown Roskilde (you can easily follow the path anywhere as the towers of cathedral are perhaps the tallest in town).

The first church, which was made of wood, by Harold Bluetooth. The wooden church was replaced sometimes in the 1000s by stone church built by King Canute’s sister Estrid, According to the Roskilde Chronicle the church was said to be a three.nave basilica with solid towers in the west and decorated with crown and marble columns.

Roskilde Cathedral was admitted in 1995 to UNESCO’s World Heritage list of properties having outstanding universal values.

Miniature of Roskilde Cathedral

Miniature of Roskilde Cathedral

The altarpiece is three-winged and made in Antwerp around 1560. The reliefs on the open altarpiece depict the events of Easter week, Christ’s agony, his death and below, his childhood.

Queen Margrete I was originally buried in Sorø in 1412 but her remains were transferred to Roskilde the following year. It is said that the event was celebrated with a ceremony lasting three days and that a gilded silver chalice and an altar cloth embroided by the Queen herself were donated to each of the 50 altars in the church at that time. Below is Queen Margrete I sarcophagus from 1423.

Queen Margrete I

The baptismal font is made of bronze and an inscription shows that it is from 1602. It also bears the Latin text “Anyone who believes and is christened shall be redeemed, but those who do not believe shall be damned (Ooops..sounds like a familiar quote mentioned in other Abrahamic religions too…no wonder they keep in war among each others, non-stop, directly or indirectly).

The Baptismal Font

The Baptismal Font

Done with the church, I then continued to sight see the city a bit more. It really fascinates me that many houses in downtown Roskilde are small and low in terms of height. Yes, they were houses from the past, the original reflections of how the city looked like when it was still a village. These houses were preserved by the government, yet are still used as dwelling places as usual homes, or stores (Can’t imagine costs to heat them during this winter, though…expensive should be, considering they are old constructions with no-today-standard insulation).

Preserved home at Roskilde

Printed Symbol of Preserved Home at Roskilde

Roskilde preserved town

Roskilde Cemetary

Roskilde Cemetary

Finally my journey ended up with a hungry stomach. My husband had targeted a place to eat: Mexican Restaurant nearby Roskilde station. Thanks to immigration in Denmark, so that I can enjoy varieties of culinaries; otherwise I will only taste røgbrod and butter and pork everyday.

So here we were, Gringo’s with 50% OFF because the restaurant was in its birthday (we did not know that we got 50% off until we paid the bill :D). It is run by a mexican guy and we definitely love the mix-and-match of colors…a typical Mexican ones. Happy enchiladas and fajitas to Gringo’s! Recommended place, especially its tomato soup as opening course.

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Other weird but cool stuff I found in Roskilde:

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An ancient tool to measure calendar by the sunlights (Roman calendar), as the opposite of Islamic calendar which use the moon (Hijriah calendar)

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This clothes hangers are just humongous, probably used to hang pope’s robes. It looks like a boomerang to me

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Awesome decor at the entrace of the cathedral. Reminds me with Games of Thrones

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Must try chocolate shop at Roskilde.

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