With its outstanding status as Denmark's oldest and best preserved
town, Ribe offers a unique atmosphere. Ribe is one of the few towns in Denmark, which still has a beautifully preserved medieval town centre with old half-timbered houses, cobblestone streets and a cathedral as the crucial centre point.
Throughout Ribe, there are details which in most other towns vanished long ago. To wander through the old town is to travel back though time. As evidenced by the numerous memorial plaques, many of the beautiful buildings can be linked to famous people and certain periods of the thousand-year history of the town.
Read about Jacob A. Riis who left Ribe in 1870, young and hopelessly in love, for America, with a dream of a new and rich life.
Read about Princess Dagmar who was wed to King Valdemar Sejr in 1205 and afterwards moved to Ribe, where the couple resided at Ribehus Castle on Slotsbanken.
Read about Emil Christian Hansen, born in Ribe, expert in the physiology of fermentation and also the founder of modern beer brewing.
The special atmosphere in Ribe stem from the long and dramatic history of the city. Numerous archaeological excavations and finds demonstrate how the town has evolved through times.
The town of Ribe blossomed to become Denmark's only medieval North Sea Port and the presence of church and royal representatives in Ribe, underscored its high profile status in the Danish kingdom.
In 1899, a tourist and conservation organisation was established, and in 1963, the town council issued a preservation order covering the entire core of the old town.
Important events in Ribes history.
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It was around 860 that Ansgar, known as the Apostle of the North, was given permission to build a church in Ribe and to let a Christian priest reside there.
St. Catharinæ Church and Abbey, founded in 1228 as an abbey for mendicants friars of the Dominican order.