Situated close to Odense Fjord on the Odense River, the city of Odense is the third largest city in Denmark. The city is more than a thousand years old and various museums tell about the history of Odense and of Denmark. It lies within a short distance of beaches and has much to offer to its visitors. Saint Canute's Cathedral was formerly connected with the great Benedictine monastery of the same name, and is one of the largest and finest buildings of its kind in Denmark. It is constructed in a pure Gothic style. Odense is known as the city of birth of the world famous fairy tale writer Hans Christian Andersen. A visit to his museum is a must. Odense also boasts a large number and wide range of museums of international and regional interest, including everything from traditional Danish art at the Funen Art Museum to international art and photo exhibitions at Brandts Klaedefabrik.