KALMAR LäNS MUSEUM
This is a wonderful place to visit, a great museum in a lovely modern building where soon you will forget where exactly you are because the exhibitions are so wonderful and exciting, mesmerizing even.
There are PERMANENT EXHIBITIONS such as:
1. THE ROAL SHIP KRONAN
2. THE CANNONS OF THE KRONAN
3. JENNY NYSTRöM - THE ARTIST
4. THE MEDIEVAL TOWN OF KALMAR
5. OUT OF THE WAY! TRACES OF 12.000
6. THE KRUSENSTIERNA PARLOUR....
Of course there is a lovely café for refreshments....
OPEN: Mondays - Fridays 10AM - 4PM
Saturdays & Sundays 11AM - 4PM
15th June till 14th August: 10AM - 6PM
Plenty of time for a visit and you will be delighted: see my KRONAN TIP next.
The painting in the photograph is one from JENNY NYSTRöM: the museum has an endearing exhibition on the 4th floor, dedicated tothis well-known artist!
This so called GREY HALL was built in 1553 and was decorated by Johan III in the1580s.
The panelling has vanished but the 16th Century FRESCOES of the story of SAMSON are still there, albeit pale and difficult to decipher.
The coffered celing and the fiteplace are from the 16th Century.
The carved bed (1628) (see photograph) has the Arms of the Danish Families of BILLE & ROSENKRANRZ on the foot and the head, which is later, has the Arms of Gustav Adolf.
In this HALL is also a wonderful BRIDAL CHEST from 1579.
When visiting such old/ancient places with bedrooms it is always surprising how short the beds are eventhough we all know that people used to be much shorter than we are nowadays.....
One of the many lovely, enchanting rooms of this enormous castle in KALMAR and very worthy of your visit.
RUTSALEN, KALMAR SLOTT SVERIGE.....
In this photograph you see the CHEQUERED HALL of Kalmar Castle.
This was the place where the COUNCEL had its meetings and where important diecions had to be made.....
The inlaid woord workis most wonderful especially on a wonderfully sunny (but quite cold!) day!
NOTE: see how thick the walls are.....no wonder I had gooseflesh all over me.......they must have suffered of the cold, in older times, although there are numerous places whith chimneys and manttepieces......and open fires.....yet, I do not envy them this place to live in.....
The history of this legendary castle strechtes back over 800 years!
Its present appearance dates from the 16th CVentury, when the VASA KINGS rebuilt it in the style of a RENAISSANCE palace, with furnishings in the continental manner.
The castle then saw its most golious period as a stronghold of ROYAL POWER, although it had already plaed an important rol in Scandinavian politics, particularly as the MEETING POINT forthe signing of the KALMAR UNION IN 1397!
Visitors enter the castle via a reconstructed drawbridge and after having walked through the barrel-vaulted passages (impressive and cold!!) they have to enter the STATE APARTMENTS by ascewnding the QUEEN'S STAIRCASE which in 1556 was built with medieval tombstones from the "reformed" churches and monasteries.
2047 charaacters is far too few to describe all the wonderful rooms and halls I saw here, I walked through, I admired......I can only list a few of the most important such as:
The Queen's ASpartment, the King's Chamber, the Golden Hall, the Armoury, the Burnt Hall, the Round Kitchen, the Dungeon, the Chapel, the Nursery and more.......
This church brought a big smile on my face. If you are a bit familair with art history and so on i am certain you will laugh with me as well :-).
If i look at this church the first thing that strikes me is that is build like an jesuit church. The jesuits are a very catholic part of the Catholic church. Actually they were founded as a counter movement to the upcoming of the Reformists, started by Luther. And when you know Sweden is an all Lutherian church country, you know why i laughed when i saw this church.
- Historical Travel
- Arts and Culture
A reconstructed ancient castle. In the ring wall, houses are reconstructed with ancient methods and materials, showing how people lived centuries ago during the Iron Age and the Middle Ages. The reconstruction includes dwellings, cattle byres and storehouses. You can also see species of livestock raised that time. Objects such as tools, jewelry and weapons that were found in excavations are displayed in a museum.