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As a result of Absalon's influence, many other churches were built in the vicinity, making Roskilde the most important town in Zealand.
Coins were minted there from the 11th to the 14th century.
The Roskilde bishops owned large areas of land in the region including, from 1186, Havn on the Øresund which later became Copenhagen.
By the time of the Danish Reformation in 1536, there were 12 churches and five monasteries in the city.
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.
The city is home to the FC Roskilde football club which play in the Danish 1st Division, the Roskilde Vikings RK rugby club, and the rowing club, Roskilde Roklub.
The Sankt Hans psychiatric hospital serves the Capital Region with specialized facilities for forensic psychiatry.
The cathedral and the Viking Ship Museum, which contains the well-preserved remains of five 11th-century ships, attract more than 100,000 visitors annually.
It is not clear when Roskilde became a market town but it was certainly enjoying trading privileges under King Eric II who reigned from 1134 to 1137.
These privileges were firmly established when the Roskilde City Council granted market town status to other towns on Zealand on 15 June 1268.