Ancient ships and more in this small town.
The history of the Vikings.
The small town of Roskilde was the capital city of Denmark until the fifteenth century, when Copenhagen, 30 kilometres away was appointed as the capital. In Roksilde you will find one of the first Gothic brick cathedrals from the 12th century as well as the picturesque Viking Ship Museum (Vikingeskibsmuseet). Apparently, the vessels that are on display in this centre were sunk in the fjord in 11th century by the Danes in order to protect themselves from enemy invasions by sea, and these underwater treasures remained preserved for centuries . The museum looks after the skeletons of five impressive ships that were removed from the sea at the end of the 20th century and recreated in the outer part of the museum, following the same construction techniques as their ancestors. The museum also houses a multimedia exhibition on Viking society and their advanced knowledge of navigation.