St. James' Church

Roskilde, Denmark

St. James' Church or Skt. Ibs Kirke is a travertine church from around 1100. In 1808 it was transformed into a field hospital for Spanish soldiers. In 1816 the church and the graveyard were sold to a local merchant and used as warehouse until 1884. The porch, tower and chancel were demolished, however, the church was restored in 1922. Today, only the aisle is left. The famous Danish painter L.A. Ring is burried in the churchyard which is still used.

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Founded: c. 1100
Category: Religious sites in Denmark
Historical period: The First Kingdom (Denmark)

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www.visitroskilde.com

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Lisbeth Rønne (2 years ago)
Roman Catholic Church.
szymus szymonowaty (2 years ago)
Nice place
Jan Sognnes Rasmussen (2 years ago)
A beautiful Catholic church, which was consecrated on 19 April 1914. It was built according to drawings by the Dutch church architect Jacob van Gils. The church building is built in Romanesque style of hand-painted red stones on granite plinths. The church is 34 m long, 17 m wide and the tower is 36 m high.
Beth Shelly (2 years ago)
Intimate, beautiful Catholic church.
Míša Válková (3 years ago)
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