Denmark's Viking Ship Museum to be removed from preservation list as sea levels rise

Source: Xinhua| 2018-08-31 02:42:25|Editor: yan
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COPENHAGEN, Aug. 30 (Xinhua) -- Danish Ministry of Culture on Thursday announced that the Viking Ship Museum in Roskilde can be removed from the list of building to be preserved due to rising sea levels.

"I think it is the right decision giving the very special circumstances. When built in the 1960s, no one could have predicted the rising water level and the challenges it would cause for preserving the museum building," said Danish Culture Minister Mette Bock in a statement.

The Ministry does not believe that the museum can make new efforts and changes in design to preserve the hall, it said in the statement.

Located some 40 kilometers west of Copenhagen, the Viking Ship Museum is Denmark's national museum for ships, seafaring and boat-building culture in ancient and medieval times.

The Viking Ship Hall, the oldest part of the museum, was opened in 1969. It was designed as a large showcase to display the five Viking ships found at Skuldelev.

In 2013, the building suffered millions of kroner in damages due to a winter storm, though none of the ships were damaged.

The museum itself had asked for it to be torn down as repairs were impossible.