Jelling stones World Heritage Site

2 runestones in Jelling, Denmark

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Jelling Mounds, Runic Stones and Church
UNESCO World Heritage Site
Runesten i Jelling.jpg
Jelling stones, in their glass casing (2012)
LocationJelling, Denmark
CriteriaCultural: iii
Inscription1994 (18th session)
Area4.96 ha
Coordinates55°45′21″N 9°25′10″E / 55.75583°N 9.41944°E / 55.75583; 9.41944Coordinates: 55°45′21″N 9°25′10″E / 55.75583°N 9.41944°E / 55.75583; 9.41944
Jelling stones is located in Denmark
Jelling stones
Location of Jelling stones in Denmark

The Jelling stones (Danish: Jellingstenene) are massive carved runestones from the 10th century, found at the town of Jelling in Denmark. The older of the two Jelling stones was raised by King Gorm the Old in memory of his wife Thyra. The larger of the two stones was raised by King Gorm's son, Harald Bluetooth, in memory of his parents, celebrating his conquest of Denmark and Norway, and his conversion of the Danes to Christianity. The runic inscriptions on these stones are considered the best known in Denmark.[1]

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