World Heritage Sites in Denmark

Jelling Mounds, Runic Stones, and Church – The complex of Jelling mounds, runic stones, and church is a unique illustration of the transition between the old Nordic religion and Christianity. One of the two grave mounds was probably the burial place of the Viking leader, King Gorm the Old, and the two runic stones are connected with the mounds. The first wooden church on the site of the present church structure was built around 960 A.D. when Harald Bluetooth introduced Christianity into Denmark, as he proclaimed on the larger of the two runic stones. The present church, a simple whitewashed structure of calcareous tufa, was constructed around 1100.

Roskilde Cathedral – Built in the 12th and 13th centuries, this was the first Gothic cathedral built of brick in Scandinavia and it inspired the spread of this style throughout Northern Europe. It became the mausoleum of the Danish royal family from the 15th century onwards. Porches and side chapels were added to it up until the end of the 20th century. It now provides a visible summary of the development of European religious architecture.

Kronborg Castle – Kronborg Castle is one of the most important Renaissance castles in Northern Europe. The castle dates back to the 1420s and is located at Oresundskysten (the Sound Coast) in Helsingor (Helsinore) in north-east Sjealland (Zealand), Denmark. Kronborg Castle is commonly associated with Shakespeare’s drama about Hamlet, Prince of Denmark.

Ilulissat Icefjord – Sermeq Kujalleq is one of the fastest (19-m per day) and most active glaciers in the world. Located on the west coast of Greenland, 250-km north of the Arctic Circle, Greenlands Ilulissat Icefjord (40,240-ha) is the sea mouth of Sermeq Kujalleq, one of the few glaciers through which the Greenland ice cap reaches the sea.

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