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The monuments at Jelling

The small Jutlandic village of Jelling is famous in Denmark and abroad for its royal monuments from the Viking period. The locality is so significant that it has earned a place on  UNESCO’s World Heritage List. Jelling can be connected to two Danish kings of the Viking Age, Gorm the Old and his son Harald Bluetooth, because of two rune stones. A small stone was erected by King Gorm and a large stone was raised by Harald Bluetooth. Harold Bluetooth is named on the large stone as the king who unified the kingdom and converted the Danes to Christianity. It was also Harald who built two large burial mounds in memory of his parents.

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