The Royal Residence at Tissø in the Viking Age

The Royal Residence at Tissø in the Viking Age

The Visitor Center Fugledegård situated at the west bank of Lake Tissø has in collaboration with the research project ‘pre-Christian Cult places’ at the National Museum of Denmark commissioned a 3D animation film visualizing the royal complex at the time around 900 AD.

mqdefaultThis royal residence on the west bank of the lake Tissø in Denmark covered an area of 500,000 square metres, and was built in the time around 550 AD. In the middle of a large palisaded enclosure lay an impressive hall building. This was built with heavy timbers and was the size of a modern sports hall. Outside the enclosure were workshop areas and a market place that was visited by craftsmen and traders on special occasions. More than 12,000 objects have been found at the residence, including several gold and silver hoards, jewellery, weapons and tools. Finds have also been made of coins and weights from trading, as well as models, moulds and casting refuse from jewellery production. In addition, weapons and jewellery deposited in the lake at Tissø from the period 600-1000 AD reveal that it was used for offerings. Tissø means the Lake of Tyr – one of the Viking gods of war.

The 3D animation is financed by Visitor Center Fugledegård in cooperation with the research project ‘pre-Christian Cult places’. The animation is produced by the Norwegian company Arkikon.

At the Visitor Center Fugledegård has recently opened a new exhibition ‘Royal seat and Cult place – Vikings at Tissø’ that visualizes the archaeological remains and the functions of the large royal residential complex.

You can learn more about the Visitor Center Fugledegård at

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