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By the end of the century, there were tobacco factories, iron foundries and machine shops.
At the beginning of the 20th century, Roskilde first prospered as a satellite community for Copenhagen but then, as ships increased in size, suffered from the fact that the harbour was too small and Roskilde Fjord too shallow for navigation.
According to Adam of Bremen and the Saxo Grammaticus, Roskilde was founded in the 980s by Harald Bluetooth.
On high ground above the harbour, he built a wooden church consecrated to the Holy Trinity as well as a royal residence nearby.
In the 1970s, the city benefited from the opening of the university and from the completion of the Holbæk Motorway connecting it to Copenhagen.
Roskilde has the oldest operational railway station in Denmark, with connections across Zealand as well as with Falster, Lolland, and Jutland.
These privileges were firmly established when the Roskilde City Council granted market town status to other towns on Zealand on 15 June 1268.For the next three centuries, the city suffered a series of disasters including the effects of the Dano-Swedish War which terminated with the Treaty of Roskilde in 1658, With the development of the rail network, Roskilde became an important hub for traffic with Copenhagen.In the 1870s and 1880s, the harbour was extended attracting industrial firms to the area.Absalon, the Danish bishop, had a brick church built on the site of Harald's church in 1170.Today's cathedral was completed in 1275 after five of Absalon's successors had contributed to its construction.