Ribe Cathedral - Denmark's oldest cathedral

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Ribe Cathedral - Church of Our Lady - from the 12th century of Rhine Tufstone with later Gothic additions and alterations made in brick. The cathedral is built as a 3-nave church with two identical towers.

Ribe Knowledge of the cathedral can be seen in the flat landscape, and it is a rather fantastic thought that visitors have been greeted by this cityscape since the middle of the 1200th century, when the church was completed. Ribe The cathedral is thus Denmark's oldest cathedral.

The name of the cathedral is Our Lady's Church. After numerous alterations and additions, it appears as Denmark's only five-nave church, characterized by changing styles and with many interesting details. Among other things, there are grave monuments to the city and some of the kingdom's most powerful men, as well as the Nordic region's oldest epitaph, erected by Valdemar Sejr over a son who died in 1231.

The Borgertårnet dates from the 1300th century and was designed as the city's watch and storm bell tower with a mile-wide view of the marsh landscape. There is access to the 52 m high tower through the church (children under 14 only accompanied by an adult). A statue stands at the foot of the Maria tower with the church bells Hans Tausen (1494-1561) - Johannine monk, Lutheran and Denmark's reformer, bishop in Ribe 1542. Next to Tausen is a statue of the psalmist Hans Adolph Brosson (1694-1764) - pietist, provst i Ribe 1737, bishop 1741. On the south side of the church the sculpture of Ansgar, made by the artist Hein Heinsen, from December 2015..

The church bells play Brorson's hymn "The Most Lovely Rose" at 8.00 and 18.00, the folk song about Queen Dagmar at 12.00 and 15.00.

Bishop in Ribe
Already around the year 860, Ansgar, the Apostle of the North, was given permission to build a church and let a Christian priest live there. However, it is only from approx. year 948, that we can say with certainty that there has been a bishop in Ribe and thus a cathedral.

Michelin Travel Guide
Ribe Domkirke has again been awarded ** stars in the Michelin Guide. Read about why Ribe The cathedral is worth a detour. Ribe The cathedral has been given a great ranking in the French Michelin Guide of sights. The cathedral has been awarded two stars in the guide, which is the second highest awarded. This is only given to a few attractions in Denmark.

Carl Henning
In the choir are colorful paintings and mosaic works by Carl Henning Pedersen (made 1982-87).


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