The Elk, or Moose if you’re American, have become a symbol of Sweden. So this is a very Swedish picture with both Swedish flags and elks. The picture is captured inside the food hall at Östermalm, Stockholm. It’s a HDR from three handheld exposures. I was trying out ISO 800 here and it works pretty well, but in full format the poorer quality is clearly visible.
Today I upload something more colorful, Östermalms Saluhall. THis is IMO the most iconic building in this part of Stockholm. It was opened on the first of December 1888 after just 6 months of construction. The architects behind this beautiful brick structure was Isak Gustaf Clason and Kasper Salin, two relatively young, but already successful architects. Clason and Salin got inspired by new brick architecture in northern Germany, Italy and France which they had studied during a scholarship-funded trip. In France they took particular interest in the numerous monumental and sophisticated cast iron structures that would later be used as the frame for Östermalms Saluhall’s brick cathedral. Clason later become a professor of architecture with buildings such as the Nordic Museum to his name.
This is how life could look like below deck of a 1600 century warship. The fact that the warship Vasa was relatively well-preserved when she was salvaged have given the after world an impression of the life aboard a warship from this time. This dollhouse version of Vasa with so many wonderful details are IMO a masterpiece of craftsmanship. More about the warship you can read in yesterday’s post about 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!
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.
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.
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.
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.