Bits and Pieces of Aarhus

I’ve been in Aarhus, Denmark’s second largest city, for three days. It is a lovely city with many reasons to visit. I only made it to a few.

Many years ago the city filled in its canal and made it a street. They came to their senses and restored the canal.

Aarhus Cathedral was begun in 1191 but not finished until about 1500.

With the Reformation in 1563, the church was stripped of its frescos and Catholic art.

The Lutherans went a bit overboard and reoriented the altar to the middle of the church. New pews were added in 1587. At some point the altar was moved back to the apse, so now about 1/3 of the pews face backwards.

Aarhus has a wonderful open air cultural and historical museum, Den Gamle By (The Old Town), Danish buildings from the 16th through the 20th century are open. I spent several hours exploring.

Møllestien is a lovely cobbled street with colorful 18th-century houses. The owners and tenants must get tired of the tourists.

I don’t know what this ad is for but it fascinated me.

New construction dominates the waterfront, including Dokk1, a new cultural center, exhibition space, and library.

There is so much more to see but I am headed out tomorrow. I recommend Aarhus and wish I had another day.

Pink It Is #15

It’s Really Not This Pink Pink

Cathedral of Saint Sauveur, wall decoration in the sacristy/apse, Aix-en-Provence, France

The apse/choir of Aix’s Gothic cathedral was painted in the 19th century, influenced by the restoration of Sainte Chapelle in Paris, which was taking place at approximately the same time. I went a little crazy with the clarity and vibrancy but the pinks really are pink.

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Roskilde Cathedral

The resting place of Denmark’s kings and queens

I took a short train ride to Roskilde today to visit the Roskilde Cahedral. It is famous because it is the first Gothic church built from brick and it is the burial site of Denmark’s kings and queens.

The original brick church was begun in the 1170s, shortly after brick making was introduced. Several earlier churches had been built on the site.

Until the Reformation in 1563, the cathedral was a Catholic church. It is now the Church of Denmark, which is Lutheran. Most of the frescoes and ornamentation from before 1563 was destroyed or covered.

Some earlier decoration still exists in a few side chapels, which hold sarcophagi and funerary monuments. Ceiling from the Chapel of the Magi, mid 15th-century.

I was amused by the nude woman on the pulpit staircase. Even for the early 17th-century, this seems very risque for Lutherans. Maybe it is Eve, or Salome.

The sarcophagus of Queen Margrete I, dated 1423.

The glass sarcophagus in which the current queen, Margrethe II, will be buried is under this covering. Her husband Prince Henrik, who died last year, refused to be buried in Roskilde because he had never been made king.

I have always admired Protestant churches for something you don’t find in many Gothic Catholic churches: central heating.

On the Road Again

Actually, on the rails today. I am headed to New York City. Train just departed from the recently renovated Union Station in Washington, DC.

A weekend trip to see an exhibition at the Metropolitain Museum of Art. The exhibit, Heavenly Bodies, explores the influence of the Catholic Churchon on fashion. It includes a collection of items from the Vatican.

Pink It Is #3

Grotto Pink

Rose Quartz, Grotto of the Redeemer, West Bend, Iowa

Wall detail from one of the circular stairs leading to the upper levels of the Grotto of the Redeemer, West Bend, Iowa. In addition to rose quartz, you can also see the use of crystals, geodes, saltwater shells, and minerals (turquoise).

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Pink It Is

Portuguese Pink

  Art Nouveau facade, former Cooperativa Agrícola, 1913 Aveiro, Portugal

Aveiro’s Art Nouveau movement in the early 20th century adopted and adapted the Portuguese use and production of tiles, decorating them with sinuous floral  and plant-inspired motifs and other natural elements. Facade decorations using tiles, wrought iron, and stonework were often the only Art Nouveau elements used. Aveiro’s Art Nouveau buildings were mainly residential,  The ornate facades were all about showing of economic wealth and influence of the owners, many of whom were returning emigres from Brazil. Construction and interior decoration generally followed more traditional, conservative design. Located along the Rossio waterfront in Aveiro, the façade of the former Cooperativa Agrícola is embellished with hand-painted tiles representing lilies set against a pink background. The  hand-painted tiles were produced  locally in the Fonte Nova Factory in 1913 and are attributed to Licínio Pinto, a celebrated local artist.

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