The dome over the side chapel which holds the future tomb of Queen Margrethe II of Denmark in Roskilde Cathedral, Denmark. Roskilde Cathedral is the site of the Denmark’s royal burials. Domes have long been associated with burials and tombs. They are said to be a reflection of the heavens and the cosmos.
Roskilde Cathedral is the burial site of Denmark’s kings and Queens. Work on the nave and central structure of the church dates to the 13th century. Over time, as space for burials ran out, chapels were added to the sides of the cathedral. Construction of King Christian IV’s Dutch Renaissance style burial chapel began in 1641 and was completed in 1641. The interior decoration, however, was not added until the 19th century. The starry vaulted ceiling and allegorical paintings were executed by Heirich Eddelien between 1845 and 1852.
Detail from door leading to the Absalon Arch, an arched passage between the Roskilde Cathedral and the Bishop’s House (now the Roskilde Palace).