Hundreds of stone churches in the Romanesque style were built in the 12th and 13th centuries.They had a flat-ceilinged nave and chancel with small rounded windows and round arches.The flat ceilings were replaced by high cross vaults, windows were enlarged with pointed arches, chapels and towers were added and the interiors were decorated with murals. Although most Gothic architecture in Denmark is to be found in churches and monasteries, there are examples in the secular field too.
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The architecture of Denmark has its origins in the Viking period, richly revealed by archaeological finds.
It became firmly established in the Middle Ages when first Romanesque, then Gothic churches and cathedrals sprang up throughout the country.
Construction of Lund Cathedral in Scania started in about 1103 when the region was part of the Kingdom of Denmark.
It was the first of great Danish Romanesque cathedrals in the shape of a three-aisled basilica with transepts.
It was not, however, until the 1960s that Danish architects entered the world scene with their highly successful Functionalism.