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Oak frames were used for the walls, and the roofs were probably thatched.
Viking ring houses, such as those at Trelleborg, near Slagelse on the Danish island of Zealand, have a rather different, ship-like shape, the long walls bulging outwards.
Neoclassicism came initially from France but was slowly adopted by native Danish architects who increasingly participated in defining architectural style.
A productive period of Historicism ultimately merged into the 19th century National Romantic style.
It was commissioned by the Danish nobleman Jens Holgersen Ulfstand who called on the services of Adam van Düren, a North German master who also worked on Lund Cathedral.
The building contains many defensive features of the times, including parapets, false doors, dead-end corridors, murder-holes for pouring boiling pitch over the attackers, moats, drawbridges and various other death traps to protect the nobles against peasant uprisings.
The Old Town in Aarhus, Jutland, is an open-air village museum consisting of 75 historical buildings collected from all parts of the country.
Like three other churches on the island, it is a round church.
The three-storeyed building is supported by a circular outer wall and an exceptionally wide, hollow central column.
Archaeological excavations in various parts of Denmark have revealed much about the way the Vikings lived. Located some 45 km (28 mi) south of the Danish border near the German town of Schleswig, it probably dates back to the end of the 8th century.
The houses are deemed to be among the most sophisticated dwellings of their time.