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    Go out for a picnic

    by Petruta Written Oct 20, 2009

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    Eskilstuna offers many places, specially around the river, where people can enjoy a free and sunny day in the nature. Have a picnic somewhere close to the river, the ducks and ... keep everything clean.

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    Sigurd carving

    by paragianna75 Updated Apr 14, 2007

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    Dated about 1.000 years ago during the Viking years.
    The runs inside the snake in the carving tell a story about a woman named Sigrid who had ordered the building of a bridge in memory of her husband.
    That custom was a common thing in the 11th century and people used to build bridges for the souls of the dead and in that way the sins of the givers were forgiven.

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    lilla rytterne church

    by paragianna75 Written Apr 13, 2007

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    That church was probably built in the 13th century.In 1815 the parishes of Lilla and Stora Rytterne united in one church and they used the stones of Lilla Rytterne.Some of the parts were added in the later years.

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    fors kyrka

    by paragianna75 Updated Apr 12, 2007

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    An old church that was built at the end of 10th century by the first Christian bishop St.Eskil.When you enter the church you can see a piece of ancient rock on the right wall of the church that is coming probably from the viking ages.Attending the easter mass in that church was something that I will remember for a long time.

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    parken zoo

    by paragianna75 Written Apr 12, 2007

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    Although I hate zoo because I feel pity for the animals that are living there I wanted to visit that one to see the famous white tigers, and I was there just in time to watch the feeding time.Those animals are incredible, beautiful and scary together.In the park there are also lions, leopards, pumas, wild cats (as a really cat maniac I was staring at them for hrs), gibbons, komodo dragon, tropical birds, wild dogs etc

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    Views over the Eskilstunaån

    by sim1 Updated Mar 29, 2006

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    It's time to get outside again for some fresh air. And what a better place to be than actually right here, outside the Faktori Museum. This is one of my favourite spots in Eskilstuna as the views over the Eskilstunaån are so beautiful on a quiet sunny day like this. You can see a tiny bit of the museum on the left side of the picture.

    I crossed the little green bridge on the right to get to the other side of the river and from here you have the best views. The weather in this part of Sweden is often very calm and a perfect 'reflection photo day' like this are quite common. So if you like industrial past in combination with reflections: this is your place to be!

    View over the Eskilstunaån
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    Welcome to my Eskilstuna page!

    by sim1 Updated Mar 28, 2006

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    Eskilstuna is a very old place. The area around Eskilstuna was already well known during the Vikings. One famous landmark left from that time is the Sigurdsristningen, which dates from 1040. I live just around the corner of these carvings and they are very interesting to see. There is quite a story to tell about them, so I'll do this later on on this page in a separate tip.

    On this page I will tell you a bit more about the history of Eskilstuna, and also give tips about sights to see in the city. On the photo you can see a picturesque part of Eskilstuna, it's a view over the river Eskilstunaån from the Fors Kyrka.

    view over the river Eskilstunaån
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    "Smederna" on the main square

    by sim1 Updated Oct 13, 2005

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    On the other side of the main square, opposite from the City Hall, you can see this sculpture called "Smederna". It is one of my favourites in the city and it is made by Allan Eberling. The statue is made out of cast iron and was placed on this square in 1959. These two strong men represent the long history of Eskilstuna as a blacksmith town. And this is not the only place where you can see references to that. There are many more of these symbols all over town. And I'll you show you some of them later on in this page.

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    Tingsg?rden glass

    by sim1 Updated Oct 12, 2005

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    If you love hand blown and hand painted glass, this is the place to visit for you. They have some great glass work here! You can see how they make their own glass on the workshop. Unfortunately the workshop was closed when I visited due to renovations. But I think it is opened again now, so I have to drop by again one of these days to have a look.

    Next to the workshop there is a shop where you can buy the hand-blown glass. Phew, I did have to control myself not to buy a lot here, hahaha, it is all so beautiful!
    What not a lot of people know is if you go down the stairs of the store you will find an gallery of some beautiful pieces of glass that they have made over the years. So don't hesitate to go here, even if you don't intent to buy anything in the store.

    Tingsg?rden is open all year round :
    Monday-Friday : 10 am to 6 pm
    Saturday : 10 am to 2 pm

    Tingsg��rden hand blown glass exhibition
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    How Eskilstuna got its name

    by sim1 Updated Oct 12, 2005

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    Eskilstuna itself was the result of a merger in the Middle-ages of two trades places called Tuna and Fors, which were located on opposite sides of the Eskilstuna River. When the two places became one the city was called Tunafors.

    But in 1739 Tunafors changed it's name to Eskilstuna. The city was now called after Saint Eskil. Eskil was a saint who was stoned to death outside Strängnäs (a neighbouring city) in 1080 on a pagan blotfest. This probably will not be the only time I'll mention Saint Eskil in my pages, as it has had quite an influence on the region. Not only the city of Eskilstuna was named after the saint, also the river got his name. Before this time the river was called the Närjan.

    The river Eskilstuna��n from the Fors Kyrka
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    Kloster Church

    by sim1 Updated Oct 12, 2005

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    This is the main church in Eskilstuna and it is hard to miss seeing it when you visit this town. It is on the other side of the Eskilstunaån river from the downtown area. The church is surprisingly new, it was built from 1925 to 1929. I have to admit I always thought it was much older than that.
    They were able to build this church because of the foundation of Widow Jeanette Zetterberg from 1867. She was richest woman ever in Eskilstuna and donated a lot for charity, for example money for a new hospital.

    Her donation at 1867 of 50.000 riksdaler had grown to 600.000 kronor at the time of the building of the church. The church was designed by architect Otar Hökerberg and build from 1925 to 1929.

    The church is called Kloster church as in the same area was the Johanniter (order of St.John) monastery (=kloster in swedish) was situated. The order of the Johanniter had a great influence on the life in Eskilstuna from 12th to the end of the 16th century.

    Kloster Church, Eskilstuna
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    "Hand of God", Sculpture by Carl Milles

    by sim1 Updated Oct 12, 2005

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    A sculpture in Eskilstuna that I love is this one by Carl Milles. It is located in the city park Stadsparken and it is called "Hand of God". When you are at the Kloster Church (see previous tip) follow the river a little bit, and you can see this sculpture towering high above you close to the river bank.

    This sculpture "Hand of God" is from 1954 and is one of Milles' most well-known sculptures. It can be found in different parts of the world, in the USA, in Japan, Australia and Indonesia. The original, however, is in Sweden, right here in Eskilstuna.

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    The altarpiece in the Kloster Church

    by sim1 Updated Oct 12, 2005

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    Because the church is so simple decorated the altarpiece draws all the attention as soon as you step into the church. This altarpiece "The Worship of the Shepherds" is made of Flemish master Martin de Vos, signed 1900 and donated to the church by Elise Åkerhielm.

    Altarpiece in the Kloster Church, Eskilstuna
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    Inside the Kloster Church

    by sim1 Updated Oct 12, 2005

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    I really liked the inside of this church. As it is very 'new' I was afraid of what to see on the inside. But I was really pleasantly surprised. There weren't much decoration inside the church, but the architecture made it look wonderful. The high roof, the elegant lights and the use of the bricks make it look really great.

    Kloster Church, Eskilstuna
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    Fors Kyrka

    by sim1 Updated Oct 12, 2005

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    Time to take a look a look around in Eskilstuna. Let me start with my favourite spot, the Fors Kyrka (Fors Church). This church in Eskilstuna is really worth a visit. The Fors Church was built in the 11th century on same place as a wooden church used by bishop Eskil from England. In my 'general tips' I will show you much more of the interesting interior of the church and the story about bishop Eskil and his relation with the Fors Kyrka.

    Fors Kyrka
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