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Denmark 2013, Day 11, the End

October 7, 2013

Well today is our last day here in Denmark so we will try to make the best of it. We will spend the morning after breakfast and devotions learning about some of the history of Denmark. We will visit the Roskilde Cathedral on the Island of Sjaelland, City of Roskilde, Sealand Region. The first religious structure on the site was a wooden church built around 980 by King HaraId Bluetooth. This was replaced successively by two travertine structures, built-in 1030 and 1080 respectively. In the mid-12th century brick-making was introduced into Denmark by craftsmen from Lombardy, and Bishop Absalom decided around 1170 to rebuild his cathedral in this new material  built-in the 12th and 13th centuries, this was Scandinavia’s first Gothic cathedral to be built of brick and it encouraged the spread of this style throughout northern Europe. It has been the mausoleum of the Danish royal family since the 15th century. Porches and side chapels were added up to the end of the 19th century. Thus it provides a clear overview of the development of European religious architecture.

Roskilde Cathedral

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Roskilde Cathedral

Roskilde Cathedral

The interior of this church, as all of the ones we have seen in Denmark, was beyond belief. The intricacy and workmanship were amazing. With the kings of the past intoned here it is a great place to see some of the history of the country.

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We made a quick visit to the Viking Museum but due to time we were unable to tour but only see some of the ships on display in the harbor.

Reproductions of Viking Ships

Reproductions of Viking Ships

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We had  French hotdogs for lunch in the town plaza. We have never seen a bun like this but it was perfect for walking around the plaza while eating.

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It was back to the Café after lunch to finish up some last-minute items before we departed.

Finishing the first layer of drywall

Finishing the first layer of drywall

The finished storeroom ready to stock

The finished storeroom ready to stock

We had a final meal and some final farewells as we departed the Café one last time.

Reggie our team leader share some final thoughts before we depart

Reggie our team leader sharing some final thoughts before we depart

In Matthew 28:19 it says “Therefore, go and make disciples of all the nations….” We can see that this is the goal of the pastor and the people who work at the Sweet Surrender Café and our hopes and prayers are that we have made a small contribution to their efforts here in Denmark.

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