Travels

Roskilde; Bluetooth connected!

The Viking boat museum in Roskilde was worth the visit. 5 ships were scuttled almost a thousand years ago to form a barrier in the fjord leading to Roskilde, the seat of power at the time. These ships were discovered in the sixties and a major recovery operation to salvage their remains was undertaken. The museum consists of these remains and the reconstructed vessels derived from research into those remains, vessels that have been sailed extensively, some for more than thirty years, to test them out.

The second photo is of the remains of the vessel reconstructed in the third. The original ship was built in Ireland and is the biggest of its kind discovered.

The last photo is a new reconstruction underway.

Roskilde Cathedral dominates the town.

I would have had a look inside but it was closed for a funeral – hence the white hearse.

The first church on the site was built by Harald Bluetooth, and he buried there. As everyone knows I’m sure, the Bluetooth system is named after Harald Bluetooth who succeeded in uniting Denmark and Sweden, and that the logo derives from runes of his initials. What I didn’t know is that his son, Sweyn Forkbeard was the first Danish king of England and his son, Cnut, or Canute, succeeded him. It all makes for interesting reading and English history I knew nothing about.

Roskilde is a lovely town, with vibrant festivals and a contemporary art scene sitting alongside its heritage.

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