|Boat building using Viking tools and methods|
|My grandson beside the replica Viking ship|
|Inside the Viking Ship Hall|
Built in 1997 the building itself is listed as a fine example of late modernist architecture but, be warned, baby buggy access is exceedingly difficult and appears not to be encouraged. It was well worth the effort it took to get our buggy into the museum, however, as to actually see real Viking ships was a first for us and quite amazing. The five ships are known as the Skuldelev ships and are stunningly displayed in an austere hall with large windows overlooking the fjord. Late in the 11th century these ships were scuttled in the entrance to the fjord to form a barrier to protect Roskilde from attack by enemies. They were raised from the sea in the 1960s and a long and arduous preservation and repair process was undertaken before they were put on display. They represent five different types of ships; an ocean going trader, a great longship, a coastal trader, a small longship and a fishing vessel. There is much of interest in the shipping hall, apart from the ships. There are displays of artifacts, information on the Vikings and a childrens' role playing area where my grandson got in the spirit of things dressing like a Viking and happily waving a toy sword around.
|Roskilde Cathedral or Domkirke|
|Tomb of Frederik 5, died 1766|
|Ornate tomb, Roskilde Cathedral|
I highly recommend a visit to Roskilde. Not only is it a lovely town but I consider both the Viking Museum and the Domkirke amongst Denmark's "must sees". It is also a very easy trip by train from Copenhagen.