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The monument to Gustav Vasa

Today’s upload is another spotting of a monument to a king in Stockholm. This statue pictures Gustav I or as he is commonly known in Sweden as Gustav Vasa. The statue is located in front of Riddarhuset, the Swedish House of Nobility or literally the House of Knights. The statue is made by the French sculptor Pierre Hubert L’Archevêque and was uncovered in 1774. Read more about Gustav Vasa below the HDR-picture.

The monument to Gustav I in fron of the House of Knights in the Old Town of Stockholm

Gustav Vasa is often considered to be the founder of modern Sweden. In the early 1500’s Sweden was under the rule of the Danish king Christian II, better known as Christian the Tyrant. Technically Sweden was still independent but under the Kalmar Union the Scandinavian Kingdoms of Denmark, Norway and Sweden where united and has the same monarch. Gustav led a rebellion against the hated King Christian II that in 1520 had staged the Stockholm Bloodbath. After the coronation of Christian II as Swedish King he had 82 nobles and clergy, accused for heresy, executed. Among the executed was Gustav’s father Erik Johansson (Vasa).
On the 6th of June 1523 Gustav was elected as King of Sweden at the parliament held in my hometown Stängnäs. As a memory of this occasion our national day is celebrated on this date. Eleven days after being elected as King, Gustav Vasa’s army seized Stockholm and in November the same year he controlled the whole of Sweden. However he was not until 1528 before he was crowned as king in Uppsala’s Cathedral. Under Gustav Vasa’s 37 years regime he introduced hereditary monarchy, centralised government, and Protestantism as religion in Sweden. Despite that Gustav was known for ruthless methods and a bad temperament he’s probably the most well-known among Swedish monarchs and often referred to as “The Father of the Nation”.

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

 

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Mariefreds Stationshus

Today’s upload is a view Mariefreds Stationshus, a picturesque wooden house from 1895. The station was built the same year as the route Läggesta – Mariefred was opened. Upstairs was originally the living quarters of the station master and downstairs there was a ticket office and a waiting room. When the route between Läggesta and Mariefred was closed in 1964 the station building was donated to Östra Södermanlands Järnväg (ÖSlJ) the narrow gauge heritage railway. 1964 was also the year that ÖSlJ moved their operations from Lina brick works in Södertälje to Mariefred.

The station house in Mariefred, the home of the narrow gauge heritage railway Östra Södermanlands Järnväg.

 
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Posted by on June 20, 2011 in History, Mariefred, Photo

 

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The Old Pharmacy

This medieval stonehouse, in the corner of Standgatan and Lybska Gränd in Visby, is famous for two reasons. It’s the oldest apartment house in Sweden, built in the 13th century, and for its original stepped gable. It was built to serve as both residence and packhouse for one of Visby’s merchants. In the 19th century a pharmacy occupied this house and when the pharmacy moved to a new building in 1897 it got its nickname the old pharmacy. On the nice sign above the main entrance you can read, Wisby Apotek (Wisby Pharmacy). I believe this beautiful house is a perfect subject for HDR-photography and the dull weather also adds to the atmosphere in the picture.

The old pharmacy (Gamla Apoteket) is a medieval stone house inside the city wall of Visby, Gotland, Sweden. The house is built in the 1200’s and is known as the oldest apartment house in Sweden and for its original stepped gable. It was built to serve as a packhouse and as residence. In the 1800’s a pharmacy occupied the house. After the pharmacy moved to a newer building in 1897 this house got its nickname the old pharmacy.

 
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Posted by on April 20, 2011 in History, Photo, Visby

 

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Church ruins of Visby

One of the most picturesque views among the alleys is the many preserved medieval church ruins. Why not have a coffee break at Café Paradiset and enjoy two of the best preserved church ruins, Saint Lawrence (Sankt Lars) and Holy Trinity (Drotten) at Syskongatan.

The Café Paradiset (Paradise) at Syskongatan in Visby, Gotland, Sweden. In the background you can see the church ruin of Holy Trinity (Drotten) on of 13 church ruins in Visby.

On the right side of the colourful house of Café Paradiset you can see the ruin of a church dedicated to the Holy Trinity, commonly called Drotten. It was built around 1240 for the Germans in the central parish. The Church was abandoned in 1528 after the reformation.

Saint Lawrence (Sankt Lars in Swedish) is a church ruin in Visby on the island Gotland, Sweden. The church is named after Saint Lawrence who was martyred on a hot grill. Sometimes the church has been called Saint Anna (Sankta Anna) the mother of the Virgin Mary.The church was built in the central parish around 1210-1220. In the same cemetery a German parish church, Holy Trinity (Drotten in Swedish), was built around 1240. The church was abandoned after the Reformation. Architecturally, Saint Lawrence has its models in Orthodox churches, and it has been wrongly suggested that it would have been a Russian church. It’s more reasonable to imagine an architect influenced by Russian architecture.The colorful wooden houses to the right belong to Café Paradiset (Café Paradise).

Behind the colorful wooden houses to the right, belonging to Café Paradiset, you can see the ruin of a church dedicated to Saint Lawrence, Sankt Lars in Swedish, who was martyred on a hot grill. Sometimes the church also has been called Saint Anna (Sankta Anna) the mother of the Virgin Mary.
The church was built in the central parish around 1210-1220, in the same cemetery as the German parish church of Holy Trinity was built around 1240. Both churches where abandoned after the Reformation. Architecturally Saint Lawrence looks much like an Orthodox church and it has been suggested that it would have been a Russian church built by merchants from Novgorod. However it’s more reasonable to imagine that the architect was influenced by Russian architecture.

 
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Posted by on April 18, 2011 in History, Photo, Visby

 

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