Viborg is a historic city dating back to the early Middle Ages. In the past, it was a place where Danish parliaments used to gather, and its most important monument is the monumental cathedral, the construction of which began in the 12th century.
In the times of the Vikings, one of the royal seats was located in Viborg. The city also had the right to mint coins, and in the 11th century it became the capital of the bishopric. It is considered one of the oldest cities in Denmark. Its significance was related to the tradition of holding parliaments here, during which the mighty from all over Denmark met with the king. This custom was cultivated until the beginning of the 19th century. King Eric V was crowned in the 13th century in Viborg, and in 1528 Hans Tausen delivered a sermon in the local cathedral which initiated the Reformation in Denmark.
The most important monument and attraction of Viborg is the cathedral. Its origins date back to the 12th century, but it gained today's appearance during several reconstructions. In the 19th century, due to the poor technical condition of the building, it was decided to partially demolish it and rebuild it from scratch. A model was the cathedral from Lund, Sweden. The interior was decorated at the beginning of the 20th century with polychromes made by Joakim Skovgaard. Today, the Skovgaard Museum dedicated to his work is located in Viborg.
The Dominican church has also been preserved from the medieval heyday of the city. Viborg's monuments also include the Hald ruins and the historic Daugbjerg Kalkgruber Mine. You can also visit the Viborg Art Gallery, the Museum of Søndersøparkens Psychiatric Hospital and the Viborg Miniby miniature park.