Åhus – A Historical Afternoon

by Keith Turner on August 7, 2013

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standing next to part of the old medieval city wall
Today Vanim and I spent the afternoon in Åhus checking out some of the historic sights.  Åhus was a significant medieval town probably because it belonged to the Bishop of Lund.  Two things resulted in its decline as a major city first was the reformation and second was the building of the city of Kristianstad. Stone from the castle in Åhus was used to build parts of the new city of Kristianstad.  The Åhus castle is now just a ruin.  Parts of the medieval city wall are still standing.  I cannot explain exactly why but that was my favorite thing I saw today.  It is the second best preserved medieval city wall in Sweden.  It was also the one that I complained
the most about having walk that far out of the
way.  It is a good thing that Vanim was patient
with me today.
part of the medieval city wall
 The ruins of the chapel of St. Anne.  

St Anne was build as a hospital in 1534.  When Åhus lost its town privileges which were passed to Kristianstad the hospital was closed.

View from outside the ruins
View from inside the ruins
The Kings Cottage
The building is said to have been named after the Swedish King Karl (Charles) XI.  A manuscript from the 1720’s says that the King was in the habit of visiting the vicarage during the Scanian war 1676-1679.  According to legend Rönnow (the vicar) had the king concealed above the damper in the fireplace when Danish soldiers came looking for him.  Another tradition has it that it was the vicar’s lady who was the reason for the King’s many visits and that she helped him hide in the chimney.  (taken from the information marker) Personally I like the more scandalous story.
The Church of Saint Maria
The Church of Saint Maria in Åhus was built in the 1100’s most likely because Åhus was part of the Bishop of Lunds land holdings.  When Åhus became an important trading city in the 1200’s the church was expanded.
 The baptismal font is made of limestone and from the 1100’s
the canopy over the baptismal font is from the 1600’s
 The altar made in 1636
Åhus Castle Ruins
We had had ice cream, cookies and soda break on the ruins of the old castle.  it was fun to be able to just walk around the ruins climb on the walls.  In American it would fenced off and you would not be allowed to climb on the walls for fear of being sued if someone got hurt.
Vanim on top of the ruins
View from on top the wall
View inside the ruins
view from outside the ruins
Tobacco Barn

It was at one time common for people to have a small field of tobacco to make some extra money.  After harvesting the tobacco and drying it in a tobacco barn the residents of Åhus would sell to Per Svensson who would roll the dried tobacco leaves into cigars. This practice stopped when tobacco became monopolized by the Swedish government. Vanim was very happy to see the tobacco barn.  In front of the tobacco barn was a small planting of tobacco.  This inspired me to do some research on growing your own tobacco.