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Ribe Domkirke, Esbjerg

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Religious Site · Hidden Gem · Architectural Building
Ribe Cathedral or Our Lady Maria Cathedral (Danish: Ribe Domkirke or Vor Frue Maria Domkirke) is located in the ancient city of Ribe, on the west coast of southern Jutland, Denmark. It was founded in the Viking Era as the first Christian church in Denmark by Ansgar, a missionary monk from Hamburg, under permission of the pagan King Horik I. The cathedral has experienced several damaging events throughout its long history and has been restored, expanded and decorated repeatedly. As it stands today, Ribe Cathedral is the best preserved Romanesque building in Denmark, but reflects a plethora of different architectural styles and artistic traditions. It ranks among the most popular tourist attractions in Denmark and has been awarded two stars in the Michelin guide.

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  • I have seen comments describing it as bland or boring. It is the nature of the Danish Lutheran to be simple in its interiors in contrast to the opulence of the Catholic churches of the same era. We...  more »
  • The exterior was impressive with its brick towers and walls althoug the apse and choir part was done in another material. The interior did not offer much of interest, sparse and partly modern.  more »
  • We thoroughly enjoyed seeing this cathedral and learning about its history. The view at the top is worth walking up the many, many steps to get there!! The museum area is worth viewing, too.
  • Beautiful mosaics representing biblical characters, modern designs. Walk up the steps in the tower for a wonderful view of Ribs and the sea port Esbjerg. Don't stay there when it begins lightning ⚡☔☔⚡⚡
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