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10 Viking Heritage Sites to Visit - Viking Ruins

Are you a Viking fan? Or you just like to explore ancient cities. For your convenience, we've listed 10 places that contain Viking heritage. They have built many things with their sails and warrior identities, in many different regions! Even after centuries, the Vikings have never lost their charm, even there is a series that we all know. We do not know how true or false what happened in the series, but what we wrote about the 10 places in our ranking is completely true. Here are 10 Viking Heritage Sites to Visit

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1. The Viking Fortress Trelleborg - Slagelse, Denmark

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Trelleborg is one of the best-preserved of the 4 circular Viking castles in Denmark and is located near Slagelse in Northwest Zealand. He is not the inventor of the technology that makes our current life easier, which we all use in our daily lives, but the father of his name. Founded by Harald I, a famous Viking king also known as Harald Bluetooth, the circular castles are believed to date back to the 10th century and were guarded by an army of warriors led by Harald I.

In addition to the castle, visitors can see a large Viking cemetery, a Viking village and a museum with numerous excavated objects, a museum shop, and a cafe. Trelleborg is a great place for people of all ages; performances, costumed guides, and events. Besides the perfect symmetry of the castle, the main purpose of its construction is defensive. Such a defensive placement can see the attack coming from anywhere and take the required position. If you think that the culture of the Vikings is more about war, you are not wrong, this defensive advantage is very important.

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2. Jorvik Viking Centre - York, England

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The Jorvik Viking Center is a historic visitor attraction in York that showcases a reconstructed Viking city as it emerged in AD 975. Here are 40,000 well-preserved Viking artifacts and ruins of their cities found by archaeologists between 1979 and 1981. If you are a fan and are planning a trip to these regions, you should definitely see this place. Have you ever wondered what Viking life was really like?

Jorvik Viking Center will give you such an experience that you will feel like you are living there. Excavations by the York Archaeological Trust in the area where the Viking headquarters are now have revealed a wealth of information about the settlement that once stood there. Wooden structures, wells, tools, and pottery were uncovered, as well as less durable materials and textiles such as wood, leather, human, and animal remains. Because of the oxygen-deprived wet clay, these materials were miraculously able to survive underground for thousands of years. And this famous Viking kingdom was once known in many kingdoms.

Silks discovered in the 10th century suggest Jorvik's connections with the Red Sea or the Persian Gulf, while it was concluded that he had trade links dating back to the Byzantine Empire. The juxtaposition of pagan and Christian artifacts shows that Christianity was not the chief authority in Jorvik and there was some degree of coexistence.

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3. The Viking Museum at Ladby - Denmark

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The Viking Museum in Ladby, Denmark houses the Ladby Burial Ark, a Viking ship tomb that was found there in 1935. Dating to AD 925, the ship is believed to be the burial place of a prince or other leader such as a chief. Ladby Burial Ark was pulled to the top of the hill and filled with grave goods such as valuables and even animals. Most of us know this method from the pharaohs, but in most cultures, it is common to bury essential things to aid him in his death journey.

Displaying the Ladby Burial Ark and among some other excavation finds, the Viking Museum in Ladby offers an insight into the history of the Vikings and their life in the area. The Viking ship at Ladby contained the tomb of an unknown leader, chief, or king from the early 10th century AD. A huge dragon ship measuring 21.5 meters by 3 meters, possibly representing the son of Loki from Viking mythology, the famous snake Jörmungandr with 3 or 4 dogs and 11 horses. To be sunk into such an impressive ship was a display of power and grandeur, and it would take a lot of manpower to pull the ship into the fjord.

The burial site was lined with an oval earthen mound to create a visible reminder to travelers of the strength of the person buried there. However, the tomb was looted in the late Viking era. The damage to the tomb and much of its contents was disrespectful to the person buried there. In many religions, not just monotheistic religions, tombs are sacred but of course, when buried with riches there are looters just like in Egypt.

The Ladby ship was rediscovered in 1935 by a Danish pharmacist, Poul Helweg Mikkelsen. Gustav Rosenberg, the conservator of the Danish National Museum, recorded the first primary source information. A concrete dome was built to protect the ship's stigma, and a concrete floor was laid to prevent moisture from the ground. The ship was given to the National Museum, which belongs to the Department of Archeology and Landscape in 1994. Ladby Viking Museum was built around the Ladby ship in 2007. If you are considering a trip to Denmark, this is one of the places you must visit.

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4. Jelling - Denmark

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One of Denmark's Top Tourist Attractions, Jelling is an impressive and important archaeological Viking site in Denmark containing a number of important finds from the 10th century. Originally the royal residence of Old Gorm, Jelling remains a vital part of Danish history, especially since this Viking king was the first of the royal lineage to still rule the country today. In a region of power struggles where so many kingdoms have changed, this is a huge achievement.

Gorm and his son, Harald Bluetooth I, erected several monuments in Jelling, including a pair of huge burial mounds, the largest in Denmark. These are still incredibly well preserved. Gorm was buried inside the larger one, but the latter is not believed to have been used. The latter remains a mystery as it will not be excavated to preserve this historic fabric until new evidence is found.

Jelling also has two runic stones, the larger one made by Harald and the smaller one by Gorm. Runic stones known as Jelling Stones stand in front of the Jelling Church or 'Jelling Kirke', which dates back to the 1100s.

Jelling Kirke was the third church built on the site, an old wooden version built by Harald who converted to Christianity. This transformation is also evidenced by the figure of Jesus on one of the stones. Even while adopting a beautiful new culture, you can see that they never lost their old culture and blended it with their own.

5. Viking Ship Museum - Roskilde, Denmark

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Have you ever wondered about the ships the Vikings sailed to the Mediterranean Baltic Sea and even the current Canadian borders to Labrador? The Viking Ship Museum (Vikingeskibsmuseet) is located in Roskilde, Denmark. Displaying five Viking ships, the Viking Ship Museum gives an incredible insight into the world of the Viking people and their period from 800 AD to 1100 AD. But to warn you, it's very brave to achieve so much with ships like this.

The Viking Ship Museum in Roskilde is home to five world-famous Viking ships. Around the year 1070, five Viking ships were deliberately sunk at Skuldelev in the Roskilde Fjord to close off the most important gateway and protect Roskilde from an enemy attack from the sea. These ships, later known as the Skuldelev ships, were excavated in 1962. It turns out that there are five different types of ships, from cargo ships to warships. This shows that they were not just predatory and warlike barbarians as they are often called, but were also really methodical and advanced in technology such as the navy.

Overlooking the entrance to the Roskilde Fjord, the Viking Ship Museum was built in 1969 to display five newly discovered Skuldelev ships. In the late 1990s, excavations for the museum's shipyard expansion uncovered 9 more ships from the Viking Age and early medieval period. It is the largest discovery of prehistoric ships in northern Europe and includes the longest Viking warship ever found. Excavations are not yet complete but may have been completed by the time you read this article, so let's not make any guarantees about it.

The museum is known for the unique synergy between the display of original Viking ships and the interactive environment of the museum, where you can experience reconstructed Viking ships, excellent boat building, and special maritime crafts.

Viking ships range from a 30-meter-long warship known as "wreck 2" to an 11.2-meter fishing boat. Each one has been painstakingly rebuilt. The Viking Ship Museum also has an exhibit that tells the story of a Norwegian attack, and there are even summer boat trips for an authentic Viking experience. It is a great holiday option, especially considering that the summers are very hot at these times.

6. The Settlement Exhibition - Reykjavik, Iceland

The Settlement Exhibit showcases the remains of Iceland's first known Viking settlement, located in its original location in Reykjavik. Visitors to the Settlement Exhibit can see the stone foundations of a Viking Longhouse and numerous artifacts excavated in the area.

The site of the Settlement Exhibition dates back to 871 AD, while the longhouse is believed to date back to the 10th century. In 2001, archaeological remains were excavated at Aðalstræti, which turned out to be the earliest remains of human settlement in Reykjavik. A piece of the wall dating back to 871 AD was found in the heart of downtown Reykjavik. The excavation also revealed a tenth-century hall or high house. Probably the first generation of Vikings who came here spent time building a life instead of doing such amazing things, and after a stable life was established, the Vikings built this magnificent structure, which is one of the most famous representations of their culture.