Posts Tagged‘Malmö’

Intressant Portar – Interesting Entrances

by Keith Turner on October 24, 2013

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I förrgår i Malmö tog bilder av intressant portar. Jag tycker om porten med två ugglorna. Den är forsta bilden. Andra porten har två råttor.  Tredje porten har en häst och ett lejon. Fjärde porten har grön manen med en kanin och en uggla.  Femte porten har frukter.  Sjätte porten har två lejon ochså det heter lejonpassagen.  Sjunde porten har guld lejon över dörren.  Och sist porten många stenskulpturer.  Den var porten till kungs postkontor gamal. 

The day before yesterday I took pictures of interesting entryways. I like the entryway with the two owls. It is the first picture. The second entryway has two ratts. The third entryway had a hors and a lion. The fourth entryway had fruit. The firth entryway had the green man, a rabbit and a owl. The sixth entryway had two lions and it is also called the lion passage way. The seventh entryway had a gold lion over the door. And the last entryway had many stone sculptures. It was the old King’s post office.

Igår i Malmö – Yesterday in Malmo

by Keith Turner on October 23, 2013

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(I am going to start writing some parts of my blog in both Swedish and English. If you find mistakes in the Swedish please feel free to let me know.)

Min svenska är inte så bra. Det är svårt att höra svenska vokalen men över tiden lära jag att höra de. Också jag behöver att prata och att skriva och att läsa mera. Jag ska skriva av somliga min blogg in svenska. Därför jag hoppas jag kunna hjelpa min själv lära mig mera. 

My Swedish is not so good. It is hard to hear Swedish vowels but over time I am learning to hear them. Also I need to speak and to write and to read more. I shall write some of my blog in Swedish. Therefore I hope I can help myself learn more.

Igår åkte tåg till Malmö. Dagen var ljust och varm får höst. Jag till och med sett solen. Det hade regnade för två dagen och kanske mer. Jag åkte bussen numret två bara för rolig, till slutet och tillbaka till centrum. Jag träffas Vanim i närheten centrum. Vi gått till Sankt Johannes Kyrka så jag kanske tagit tavlorna.

Yesterday I rode the train to Malmö. Today was light and warm for fall. I even saw the sun. It has rained for two days and perhaps more. I rode bus number two just for fun to the end and back to downtown. I met up with Vanim near downtown. We walked to Saint John’s Church so I could take pictures.

Church Tower


The information about St John’s Church comes from the pamphlet provided by the church. Construction for the church was started in 1903 and completed in 1907. The design of the church is Art Noveau unlike many of the churches built in Sweden at that time in the new Gothic style. I really like the Art Noveau style. This church is referred to as “The Church of Roses” because there are over 1,000 roses in the church. Traditionally the church tower would be placed in the west but at Saint John’s Church it was placed on the north side of the church. This was to signify the arrival of a new era.

The inside of the church has plastered walls with murals in the Art Noveau style. The older churches built in the medieval period have a more somber and more solid feel to them. This church had a more lively feeling. Sitting in the pews you could almost feel the hum of the building. I find it interesting to visit these different churches. They each were built for the same reason but each one has its own unique feeling and atmosphere.

Wooden Rose
Stone Roses
Church Altar
Closeup of Church Altar
Looking to the front

looking to the side
looking to the back

Malmöhus Castle

by Keith Turner on August 6, 2013

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Malmöhus is Scandinavia’s oldest surviving renaissance castle. Construction of the castle was started in 1434 by Eric of Pomerania who was king of Denmark, Norway and Sweden. The purpose was to create fortified cities along Öresund (the straight which is between present day island of Zeland in Denmark and Skåne in Sweden) in order to charge tolls on passing ships.  As a side note he also improved Copenhagen which at the time was a run down unimportant city.  In the picture above you can see the white stones in the building.  That is what remains of the original castle built by Eric of Pomerania.  The toll to pass through Öresund continued into the 1800’s.
Between 1534 and 1536 Malmö was caught in the middle of a civil war called the Feud of the Counts. The citizens of the town took control of the castle and had the walls torn down. When the war was over Christian III was the new king.  On the request of the citizens of Malmö he promised not to rebuild the castle.  They were not interested in having the king live among them.  I got the idea from what I read and based on what the tour guide said that they did not want to be caught in the middle of fighting nobles again.  Christian III broke his promised and rebuild the castle.  He build the floors that you can see above the white stone giving the castle its renaissance look.  What is the main feature of a renaissance castle?  It is the large windows.  The medieval castles had small windows letting in little light but the ideal renaissance castle had big windows letting in lots of light.  Also large windows showed the wealth of the owner because windows were very expensive at that time in history.
shooting gallery in the gun turret
cannon in the gun turret
Malmöhus Castle as it appeared in 1699

Malmöhus Castle remained an important castle until 1658 when Malmö became a Swedish city.  It soon fell into disrepair.  A inventory in 1676 showed that the royal apartment and the attic were filled with grain.  In 1822 it was decommissioned as a fortress and turned over to the National Board of Prisons to be turned into a prison.  It served as a prison until 1909 when it was emptied out.  On the tour the tour guide informed us with great embarrassment that the last execution took place in 1901.  This is an example of a great difference between Swedish culture and American culture.  Sweden and for that matter any country that is part of the European Union do not use the death penalty at all.  I am not sure that there would be many tour guides in America that would be embarrassed by executing someone.  I have to say that the number of people on death row (scheduled for execution) that have been exonerated based on DNA evidence, America would be better off not having the death penalty.  

In 1909 the city of Malmö acquired the land surrounding the castle.  A decision was made to turn it into a museum in 1925.  The castle was restored to its 16th century appearance as much as was possible.  The buildings around the castle were demolished in the 1930’s and replaced by new buildings to give it the same feels as it was in the 16th century and serve as part of the museum.  Since 1993 the castle and museum have been managed by the Swedish National Property Board.  They are the Swedish government agency that is responsible for administering all of the buildings and properties owned by the Swedish people like palaces and royal parks.
The castle is not an exact restoration because it is functioning as a museum but you can get the feel of the castle and how it might have looked.  There were lots of great displays some of them permanent and some of them temporary.  During the summer there is a daily tour in English.  The castle was once right next to the sea but now artificial land separates the castle from the sea.

(The information came from the tour guide, National Property Board Sweden information guide, and the book Malmöhus A Tour through the Castle and its History)

Pictures: Malmö 20 June 2013

by Keith Turner on June 22, 2013

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Random Street View
A Park in the City
Brandstation (firestation)
Lagliga Väggar 
(legal walls – a wall that is legal to put graffiti on)
Fontäner (water fountains)
Katt (cat)
(Malmö City Hall)
in square outside of Röd Hus
Malmö Central Train Station