Aarhus, Denmark – Friday 19 July
A relatively calm crossing back to Denmark’s main port, Aarhus where we docked at midday.
Just like yesterday, we had brilliant hot weather in Aarhus today. Here we joined a walking tour around the old city of Aarhus, led by a very able student.
We first went to a museum located in a bank basement exhibiting Viking relics unearthed in 1963 during the bank’s construction. Then on to the cathedral, Denmark’s longest and tallest church. The interior boasts over 200 frescoes from the 14th and 15th centuries. The church itself, Lutheran state church, had its own history.
We walked down to the river and along a section of it past bustling restaurants to show where this old walled city started.
Vor Frue Kirke is Our Lady’s Church which is the sole building from a 12th-century Dominican priory to survive Denmark’s Protestant Reformation. While restoring the church in the 1950s, workers uncovered an earlier, 11th-century Romanesque stone crypt church dating from 1066 below. The oldest existing stone church in all of Scandinavia, Aarhus’s Crypt Church is still used for worship. In fact it is only one of four churches within the complex, there is also a very small chapel.
We continued down the original main street where narrow frontages often gave way to an extensive development to the rear; taxes were paid on the frontage. On to the park where we viewed a temporary exhibition atop the Art Gallery.
Walked through various streets to see different examples of historic houses, then back to the port. Docked at the port was the Queen’s Summer Boat.
About 2230 we passed under the Great Belt Bridge which is a suspension bridge otherwise known as the East bridge. Emerald Princess cannot travel under or around the Öresund or Øresund Bridge (which is on the eastern side of Denmark and which we could see from our hotel room in Copenhagen) due to the lack of depth in the water for the ship’s draught.