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runic stones in Jelling

The Jelling Church

The Jelling Mounds

 

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The Runic Stones in their Exhibition Cases

 

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The runic stones are the worse for wear after having been exposed to the action of the air for over a thousand years. There are many crevices and fissures so water can penetrate, and during frost the water will freeze to ice and chips of stone will break off.

By putting up exhibition cases around the runic stones further damage has now been effectively prevented.

The cases are built of armoured glass, they have a bronze ceiling and bronze gables.

The texts on the runic stones have been inscribed on the bronze gables of the two cases.

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When it is dark, the cases are lit  in such a way that the figures and the writing will stand out clearly.

Temperature and atmospheric humidity are automatically controlled.

The big case is 2,13 metres wide, 5,45 metres long, and 3,05 metres high,

The small case is 1,34 metres wide, 2,50 metres long, and 2,34 metres high.

The cases have been placed on rustproof steel frames under ground.

The cases were inaugurated officially on the 4th of December, 2011.

 

 

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The Jelling Monuments and the Church on UNESCO’s World Heritage List.

In 1994 Jelling was very much honoured when the Jelling Mounds, the Runic Stones, and the Church were inscribed on the World Heritage List. They now range with for instance the Pyramids of Egypt and the Acropolis of Athens.

It was the UNESCO convention concerning the protection of the world cultural and natural heritage that focused on Denmark. The official document about the inscription on this important list ”confirms the exceptional and universal value of this cultural and natural site which requires protection for the benefit of all humanity.”

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The Jelling Monuments are the two mounds Gormshøj and Thyrashøj, also called the South Mound and the North Mound, and the two runic stones, Gorm den Gamles runesten, and Harald Blåtands runesten.

The Jelling Monuments were the first monuments in Denmark to be included on the World Heritage List, and the diploma can be seen in the museum, The Kings’ Jelling.

 

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