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An important legacy of the Vikings, this is now a World Heritage Site.

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Jelling's Stones

A declaration of love.

It could be said that the mythical Jelling stones, moved and carved by Vikings, are a physical representation of Denmark's evolution from Paganism to Christianity. They are to be found in the village of Jelling on the Jutland Peninsula and were declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in the 1990s. Their runic inscriptions speak of the love of the Viking King Gorm the Old for his wife Thyra Danebod, and then of the tribute of their son Harald I of Denmark to his parents in the year 965 A.D. The young Viking King was the conqueror of the Danish and Norwegian lands and the conversion of their subjects to Christianity, as depicted on the Jelling stones with pagan symbols combined with a crude figure of Christ. Today the stones are located far from their original site at the tombs of Gorm and Thyra, and are protected by glass cases.



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