Frederick IX's Burial Site
Opened on September 23, 1985,it was the first burial site outside of the cathedral itself. The reason for the construction was twofold: it had been Frederick IX's wish to be buried outside the cathedral, in view of Roskilde Fjord (the king was a keen sailor and closely connected to the navy), and in any case there was no space left in the chapel of Christian IX.It was only on the king's death in January 1972 that a debate was opened on how his wish could be granted. A meeting was held in May of the same year, involving the municipality, the parochial church council, the National Museum of Denmark, and a foundation for building and landscaping culture. In 1974 a discussion paper was presented, which spelled out how the area would be preserved and the new burial site established. There was some opposition from members of the parochial council, who insisted that the tradition of burying monarchs inside the cathedral be upheld.The zoning plan for the area was finished in 1982 and work on the burial site could begin.
The burial site was designed by architect Vilhelm Wohlert in cooperation with Inger and Johannes Exner, and consists of a simple, uncovered brick octagon with a bronze gate designed by Sven Havsteen-Mikkelsen. The gravestone was cut from Greenlandic granite by sculptor Erik Heide, though the grave was not sealed permanently until the burial of Queen Ingrid in 2000.At the wish of Queen Ingrid, the grounds of the burial site are covered in wild vines and plants from throughout the kingdom. #roskildecathedral #church #chapel#burial#cathedral #copenhagen #construction #denmark #architecture #archeology #aroundtheworld #europe #landscape #landmark #brick #bronze#gate#unescoworldheritagesite #beentheredonethatwithme #weekend#happysunday #tourism #history #igtravel #culture #cityscape #traveldiary #storyteller