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The Town Hall of Stockholm in the Blue Hour

I been absent from this blog for a long time now. I have to apologize for this but I been very busy with new work and other issues. I cannot promise I will return with regular posting. But I have lots of pictures I would like to share with you and I will try to show up here as often as I have spare time.

This HDR I’m especially proud of. It’s been on my list of pictures I would like to capture and on a wonderful night in July this year the conditions were perfect to make it happen. The subject itself needs no presentation, it’s the most iconic building in Stockholm and probably the most iconic in the whole of Sweden. It’s the masterpiece of the successful Swedish architect Ragnar Östberg, built in national romanticism style and inaugurated on the Midsummer Eve 1923. The Town Hall does not only house the city council of Stockholm, it’s one of the main tourist attractions in Sweden. But maybe the Town Hall is mostly known as the host of the Nobel Prize banquet. In Sweden this banquet is known as the banquet and not surprisingly I was not invited this year as I never have been invited. So I have to enjoy this spectacle from the TV. However I thought it was a perfect day to share this picture with you today, the day of the Nobel Prize.

The Town Hall of Stockholm viewed from Riddarholmen, captured in the blue hour.

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Posted by on December 10, 2011 in Photo, Stockholm

 

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The Church of Adolf Fredrik

There’s many churches in Stockholm we haven’t visit yet. I have promised you four chapters in my theme “The Stockholm Church Walk”. So lets take of on episode III and visit the four parishes in Vasastan and their churches. First out is the church named after the Swedish King Adolf Fredrik. On this HDR you can see the ceiling fresco in the cupola of the church. The fresco is painted by the Swedish artist Julius Kronberg and pictures scenes from the Bible. I will tell you more about this church in my next post.

Ceiling painting in the Church of Adolf Fredrik in Stockholm, Sweden

 
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Posted by on October 3, 2011 in Church, Photo, Stockholm

 

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The Monument to Charles XIII

A couple of weeks ago I wrote about and posted a HDR of the Monument to Charles XII in Kungsträdgården in Stockholm. Sometimes that statue ironically is called “The lion surrounded by four cowards”. Just some 100 meters away from that monument you find its counterpart, the Monument to Charles XIII. Consequently this monument is sometimes called “The coward surrounded by four lions”. I’m not sure why Charles XIII is considered as coward but he’s not remembered among the most successful monarchs in the history of our country. He succeeded his nephew Gustav IV Adolf when he was forced to abdicate and go into exile after the loss of Finland to Russia in the Finnish war 1808 – 1809. He also become the King of Norway, as Charles II, when Norway was forced into union with Sweden in 1814. Since his both children with Queen consort Charlotte died at young age he become the last Swedish monarch of the House of Holstein-Gottorp. When he died in 1818 he was succeeded by Jean Baptiste Jules Bernadotte, Marshal in Napoleons French army and the founder of the House of Bernadotte.

Charles XIII may be best remembered as the younger brother of Gustav III of Sweden and the cousin of Catherine the Great of Russia. The statue, at Kungsträdgården, in his memory is made by swedish sculptor Erik Gustaf Göthe and was uncovered in 1821.

The monument to Charles XIII at Kungsträdgården in Stockholm.

 
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Posted by on September 4, 2011 in History, Photo, Stockholm

 

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The Swedish Elk

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.

Inside the food hall at Östermalmstorg in Stockholm.

 
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Posted by on September 3, 2011 in Photo, Stockholm

 

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The Food Hall at Östermalstorg

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.

The food hall at Östermalmstorg in Stockholm.

 
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Posted by on September 2, 2011 in History, Photo, Stockholm

 

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The life below deck of a warship

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.

The warship Vasa in a dollhouse version, gives you an impression how life could look like below deck. Viewed at the Vasa Museum in Stockholm.  If you want to know more about the warship Vasa, visit my blog! [The Vasa Museum]

The warship Vasa in a dollhouse version, gives you an impression how life could look like below deck. Viewed at the Vasa Museum in Stockholm.  If you want to know more about the warship Vasa, visit my blog! [The Vasa Museum]

 
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Posted by on September 1, 2011 in Museum, Photo, Stockholm

 

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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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