Roskilde is a pretty little town with a population of about 48,000 in West Zealand, Denmark. About 35km west of Copenhagen, it offers over 1,000 years of history, and is one of Denmark’s oldest medieval towns.
One of the main attractions to see here is the Viking Ship Museum (Vikingeskibsmuseet). The museum was built to house and preserve the remains of five 11th-Century Viking ships excavated nearby. And preserve them, they have.
One of the preserved Viking boats
The Viking Ship Hall is the oldest part of the museum. It’s also where you will find the remains of the five excavated ships. Each ship had its own purpose, and cover three major aspects of Viking life: trading, fishing, and war.
For example, this one, labelled as “Skuldelev 3” or Roar Ege was a coastal trading ship, built around 1040 AD. It was built using Danish oak and is the best preserved of the five ships on display. 75% of the hull was found intact:
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