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A funerary monument shaped as a "ship"
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Travel Tips for Västerås
Lilla Rytterne Church
When you follow the road from Sorby Fornborg, you will drive through a beautiful landscape. A winding road, hilly landscape and old forests. After a while, on the left side of the road you will see the ruins of Lilla Rytterne Church.
Interesting places to see in the area
• Anundshög: old burial mounds from Viking Age.
• Birka: ruins from old capital city of Sweden.
• Mariefred with Gripsholm Castle. A picturesque village and a beautiful castle. In the castle is also the Swedish National Portrait Collection.
• Sigtuna: old city with lots of historical background.
• Sko Kloster: one of the most popular castles with a huge collections of painting, furniture and arms. The latter is one of the largest in Europe.
• Sundby with Sundyholms Castle and the famous stone carvings from the time of the Vikings: Sigurdsristningen.
• Enjoy Swedish Christmas traditions in Taxinge.
Runic stone at Anundshög
The first thing I want to show you is the runic stone at Anundshög. When you click on the picture to enlarge it, you can see the inscriptions on the stone much better. The stone is quite large, I don't know the exact size, but it is well over 2,5 meters high. The runic stone was erected during the first half of the 11th century and bears the inscription:
"Folkvid erected all these stones in honour of his son Heden, the brother of Anund. Vred carved the runes."
Folkvid was a prominent man in Badelunda and he paid for this runic stone. The remarkable thing about this runic stone is its unique engraved picture, which maybe shows a man and a woman holding each other tightly.
In the background of the picture, behind the runic stone, you can see the burial mound.
The Västerås museum of art
Next to the Town Hall you can find the Västerås museum of art (Västerås Konstmuseum). The museum is located in the old court house of 1860. The museum exhibitions mainly cover contemporary Swedish and Nordic art. I haven't been into the museum myself, so I can't tell you that much more about the collection.
You can find a lot of information (all in Swedish) about the museum on the website mentioned below.
King Erik XIV
This is the sarcophagus of King Erik XIV, son of Gustav Vasa. King Erik XIV was brought back to Västerås after having died in 1577. He was a prisoner of his brother, King Johan III. The legend goes that he has been poisoned with arsenic served in his pea soup..... Hmm, I can't help it, but when I hear the word pea soup I have to think of a typical Swedish tradition, lol. The ones that have read the local custom tips on my Sweden page know what I am talking about :-) Swedes traditionally eat pea soup every Thursday followed by pancakes. Hahaha, I wonder if that was already the tradition in those days ;-).....
Okay, let’s get back to the story.... King Gustaf III thought that Eric ought to have a worthy resting-place and ordered a marble sarcophagus. But when the grave was opened in the 1950's, it was discovered that the sarcophagus had been too short for the rather tall monarch, so the feet had been placed along side the legs. Phew, it seems not always that easy to be a King!
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