A different Denmark – Inside the cathedral of Ribe

The cathedral was built during the 12th century and is a perfect example of a Romanesque building. Wikipedia has a beautiful description of it:

The towers contain six bells. The oldest surviving bell was cast in 1456 by Hinrik Dobbran, a Melchior Lucas bell, the largest in the tower, from 1599, the smallest bell from 1770 cast by JN Bieber, a Jacobus Fr. Beseler from 1847, one from 1858 cast by PP Meilstrup the Elder, and one from 1869 by PP Meilstrup the Younger.[1]

The organ facade is from the Johan Heide organ of 1635. Heide was a Flensburg organ maker from 1615-1641. He was an apprentice of the royal organ maker, Nicolaus, Maas. The organ has been expanded and updated many times. A new organ was built in 1973 by Frobenius and enlarged by the same company in 1994. It has 50 voices.

The main altar piece was painted by Ebbe Jehn Petersen.

The ship which hangs at the crossing is a model of the ship “Maria” by B. Cl. Jensen of Ribe.

In the restoration of the late 19th century the walls were complete cleared of the plaster layers. Unfortunately this destroyed many rich medieval fresco paintings that enlivened the walls of the cathedral before the Reformation. A painting of the Virgin and infant Jesus have been preserved in the nave and a pillar has paintings of Apostle Andrew and Bartholomew. St George and the Dragon are have been preserved in the north transept.

Several epitaphs from the past have been preserved in the cathedral. The oldest is was raised by King Valdemar for his son in 1231. In the south transept is the chapel of Admiral Albert Skeel partially in sandstone and fine wood carvings.

Once you are inside you are simply in awe for all this grandeur! Simply breathtaking!

You can visit the cathedral for free; if you want to visit one of the towers, you have to pay a small fee.

Want to go there? This is the address:

Torvet 15, 6760 Ribe


  • niasunset February 28, 2013 at 5:24 pm

    beautiful photographs… Thanks and Love, nia

  • Stephen G. Hipperson February 28, 2013 at 7:31 pm


    • Ingrid D. March 5, 2013 at 6:12 pm

      Thanks for the comment!

  • Air Cooled Underware March 1, 2013 at 4:08 am

    Ingrid, you KNOW I love your photo work. BUT you have really caught my Eye with the 2 photos of the wonderful Pipes in this church. Pipe Organs are my Fettish. I LOVE IT! Thank you.

    • Ingrid D. March 5, 2013 at 6:11 pm

      Lars is an organ player 🙂

      • Air Cooled Underware March 8, 2013 at 7:04 am

        In your travels does he get the opportunity to play any of those great prgans?

        • Ingrid D. March 11, 2013 at 5:52 pm

          Most of the time, no

  • dhonour March 1, 2013 at 8:54 am

    Are these the bells they say ring out once a day for the Former Queen (Princess?) who lost a child or something similar?

    • Ingrid D. March 5, 2013 at 6:11 pm

      I asked Lars and he wasn’t sure about this one.

  • Forestwoodfolkart March 2, 2013 at 10:35 am

    This is a fantastic cathedral. Did you walk up the tower? Fabulous view from the top. This post brought back more fantastic memories. Tusind tak. A thousand thanks.

    • Ingrid D. March 2, 2013 at 5:50 pm

      We both suffer from vertigo, so no 🙂 And you(re welcome!


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