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A wonderful place in odense City are the sourroundings of the cathedral. St. Knud's Cathedral), the only purely Gothic building in Denmark. It contains the relics of St. Knud, a king murdered in a peasant revolt in 1086.

The present Odense Domkirke dates primarily from the 13th century, but it was built on the foundations of an earlier travertine church that was built in 1095.

The church is named for St. Knud, a.k.a. King Canute II. In 1086, Knud was murdered by Jutish peasants angry at his heavy taxation. He was slain along with his brother Benedikt and 17 members of his entourage while kneeling at the altar of the nearby Skt. Albani Kirke, where they had taken refuge. The remains of the church have been excavated in the city park.

The slain king was originally buried in the Skt. Albani Kirke, but miraculous events surrounding his tomb began to be reported and he was soon canonized a saint. His remains were accordingly moved to the Domkirke named for him, where they remain today next to those of Benedikt.

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