Monthly Archives: August 2011

The Vasa Museum

Today’s HDR pictures the real warship Vasa that was salvaged from the bottom of the Stockholm harbor in 1961. Read more about her below the picture!

The warship Vasa at the Vasa Museum in Stockholm.

In 1625 King Gustavus Adolphus ordered the building of 4 new warships to his navy. Dutchborn master shipwright Henrik Hybertsson received the contract to build two lager and two smaller warships. In 1626 the construction of Vasa, which was one of the larger ships, started. Henrik Hybertsson died in 1627 and was succeeded by Hein Jakobsson, also he dutchborn, as supervisor of the shipbuilding. In 1628 King Gustavus Adolphus made an inspection of the shipyard, he was eager to launch his new ships against the Polish Navy in the ongoing Thirty year’s war. Despite that the fact that Vasa failed a stability test at the shipyard she set off on her maiden voyage on 10th of August 1628. After sailing only 1 300 meters she heels over and sinks in the middle of the Stockholm harbor.

Vasa was not the largest ship built of its time but with her 48 24-pounder guns she had the greatest firepower the world ever seen. The probable reason for Vasa sinking was that she was poorly constructed. The underwater part of the hull was too small and the ballast insufficient to support the rig and heavy armament. The loss of Vasa was a big blow for the Swedish Navy however the Polish and Danish Navies were to week at the time to challenge Sweden dominance over the Baltic Sea. The sister ship of Vasa, Regalskeppet Äpplet (The Apple) was launched later the same year. The Apple was modified during construction by Hein Jakobsson and did not suffer the same instability as Vasa did. The Apple, that was significantly larger than Vasa, served as a Flagship in the Swedish Navy for over 30 years.

While the guns of the warship Vasa was salvaged by Albrecht von Treileben in the mid 1660’s the warship itself fell into obscurity. It was not until the mid 1800’s that she was rediscovered. In 1956 Anders Franzén and Per Edvin Fälting started diving on the ship and the year later a cooperation to salvage her was started. The lifting of the ship from 32 meters depth started in 1959 but it took 2 years before Vasa broke the surface and again saw daylight after 333 years at the bottom of the Stockholm harbor.

The warship was is not only the most well-preserved ship of its time it also have become the symbol for Sweden’s time as Great Power. The Vasa Museum also have become one of the most popular tourist attractions of Stockholm.

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Posted by on August 31, 2011 in History, Museum, Photo, Stockholm


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The Warship Vasa

When we’re at Djurgården, why not take a look at one of the top attractions of Stockholm, the Vasa Museum. Vasa is a Swedish Warship that sunk on her maiden voyage in 1628, only 2 km from the shipyard. In 1961 she was recovered and is now at display at the Vasa Museum. This is a 1/10 scale model of the warship how it might have looked on her maiden voyage. These HDR I took at the museum I found the most difficult to process I’ve ever made. The colors are not near what I like them to be but the details are very nice.

A 1/10 scale model of the warship Vasa at the Vasa Museum in Stockholm.

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Posted by on August 30, 2011 in Museum, Photo, Stockholm


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The monument to Charles XV

Like I mentioned in an earlier post, Stockholm is full of monuments to our Kings. One of the less known Kings is Charles XV. He was the third regent in the House of Bernadotte and reigned Sweden and Norway (as Charles IV) from 1859 to 1872. He was succeeded by his younger brother Oscar II. This statue, made by Gustaf Malmqvist, can be spotted at Djurgården close to the Biological Museum and Skansen.

The monument to Charles XV at Djurgården, Stockholm.


Posted by on August 29, 2011 in History, Photo, Stockholm


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End of Church Walk part II

This is the last upload in the Church Walk through Stockholm part II. But I’m not finished with Stockholm churches. I will come back later with part III and the best churches in Vasastan. But I think we need a little break from the churches , at least I do! So tomorrow there be something different here.

Last upload from the Seglora church at Skansen is two HDR one exterior view and one from inside.

The Seglora church at Skansen, Stockholm.

Inside the Seglora church at Skansen, Stockholm.

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Posted by on August 28, 2011 in Church, Museum, Photo, Stockholm


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The pulpit in the Seglora church

Today’s HDR-picture is a close in on the beautiful pulpit, carved out of wood, in the Seglora church at Skansen in Stockholm. The pulpit is not the church’s original one, it comes from another church but I no information about its origin. On of the beautiful carved figures on the pulpit pictures Saint Matthew.

The pulpit in the Seglora church at Skansen, Stockholm.

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Posted by on August 27, 2011 in Church, Museum, Photo, Stockholm


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The Seglora Church

After a short walk across the Djurgården Bridge we arrive at the open air museum Skansen. Here we visit a small wooden church named Seglora kyrka. The Seglora church was originally built in Seglora parish, near Borås in the western part of Sweden, in 1729. In the beginning of the 1900’s this church was replaced by a larger church built out of stone and the wooden church was to be demolished. However Artur Hazelius, the founder of Skansen, wanted to have a church in his open air museum. His first plan was to build a copy of an existing church but when he found out the fate of the Seglora church he decided to save it for the after world. In 1916 the church council agreed to sell the Seglora church to the Nordic Museum and immediately the work started to move the church from Seglora to Skansen. On the 26th of May 1918 the move was completed and the church was again consecrated.

The ceiling paintings you can see in the HDR-picture below are made by the Gothenburg artist Sven Wernberg and pictures scenes from the life of Jesus. The altarpiece was made 1780 by the artist H. Fabriqueren Åhwall and replaced and older one. This was done after the Bischop had said “att Altare Taflan war nog gammal och af litet anseende”, “the Altarpiece is old and of small value”.

Even of the Seglora church serves as a museum, regular religious services are held here as well as concerts. Seglora is also a popular church for weddings and baptisms.

The altar in the Seglora church at Skansen, Stockholm.

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Posted by on August 26, 2011 in Church, History, Museum, Photo, Stockholm


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The choir in the English Church

I just want to show you one more HDR from the Church of Saint Peter and Saint Sigfrid in Stockholm. This on is a close-up on the choir. It was very dark here when I took my five exposures so I did not have much hope for a good result. But after uploading them to my laptop and processing it turned out, IMO, to be a very nice HDR. The triptych behind the altar comes from Oberammergau, carved from wood by Peter Rendl.

Tomorrow I will take you to the last church in this church walk. This church that also been moved from its original place but that was a much longer journey than the English church made.

THe choir in the Church of Saint Peter and Saint Sigfrid, the the Anglican Episcopal Church in Stockholm.  You can read more about this church at my blog! [The English Church]

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Posted by on August 25, 2011 in Church, Photo, Stockholm


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