Battlefield Sundown

The Calm Before The Storm

General Gouverneur Kemble Warren, Little Round Top, Gettysburg National Military Park.Pennsylvania

Gouverneur Kemble Warren (1830 –1882), a civil engineer and Union Army general during the American Civil War, is remembered for the July 2, 1863 defense of Little Round Top during the Battle of Gettysburg.  A bronze statue of Warren by Karl Gerhardt (1853–1940) overlooks the battlefield from Little Round Top in Gettysburg National Military Park. It was dedicated in 1888.

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Color

20th Century Byzantine

Evening top, Gianni Versace, 1991/1992

Versace’s  autumn/winter collection was inspired by the Byzantine mosaics of the churches and religious buildings of Ravenna, Italy. The  halter top shown above was part of the 2018 Heavenly Bodies exhibit at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York.  The photograph below shows a detail from a mosaic depicting the Empress Theodora from the 6th- century Basilica of San Vitale in Ravenna.  Theodora (c. 500– 548) was empress of the Eastern Roman Empire, also called Byzantium or the Byzantine Empire, by her marriage to Emperor Justinian I.

Theodora (basilica San Vitale, Ravenna), By Petar Milošević –  Public Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=60461082

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Heavens to Sophie Amalie

Ceiling Panel by Abraham Wucherts, mid-17th century,Christian IV’s Bedroom, Rosenborg Palace, Copenhagen, Denmark

Three ceiling paintings in “Christian IV’s Bedroom” in Rosenborg Palace depict the gods of earth, the heavens and the oceans. The center panel shows Hera, Queen of the Gods, and and her husband Zeus on Mount Olympus.  The nude figure of Hera is said to resemble Queen Sophie Amalie,  wife of Frederik III, King of Denmark-Norway. Frederick (ruled 1648-1670) and Sophie Amalie used the bedroom after his father, Christian IV, died in 1648. Tradition says that Sophie Amalie, a beautiful and power hungry queen, actually posed for the painting. The painting was added to the Baroque stucco ceiling, which was installed in the 1630’s under Christian IV, in the mid-17th century. Abraham Wuchters, a Dutch painter in the Danish court, painted the central panel.

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Snippets of Sweden

I have been under the weather the last few days. Thanks to my friends who have been looking out for me, I have managed to visit two lovely places not on the general tourist itinerary. Here’s one of them.

Sigtuna

The oldest continuously inhabited city in Sweden. Founded in 980, the current city buildings date to the 17th century or later.

Numerous rune stones are scattered through the city. Sven and Frödis erected this one in memory of Ulv. The museum provides a map of a rune stone walk.

The 11-century rune stone pictured below is from St. Peter’s Church. Sigtuna was an important Christian mission area, with 6 churches from the 11 century.

The small but informative museum is worth a visit. The bones are an early bishop; Sigtuna’s first bishop arrived in 1080.

The museum had a small exhibit old SAS uniforms outside an exhibit on immigration and emigration.

Old Sigtuna sat on the shore of a lake, which is now a bit of a walk.

The bricks mark the old shoreline.

Quaint cafes and shops line the main street and alleys.

My favorite photo from Sigtuna. A shed in a resident’s back yard.

Gamla Uppsala, Sweden

Today my friends took me to the Uppsala Commune, north of Stockholm. We walked around Gamla Uppsala which has huge burial mounds of Viking kings and a small medieval church.

I was surprised at the massive size of the burial mounds dating from the 6th and/or 7th centuries.

A short walk from the mounds is the Old Uppsala Church. The small but beautiful structure is what remains of a large 12th- century church that burned in the early 13th century. Originally a Catholic church, it is now Lutheran.

Building adjacent to the church. Unknown purpose.

Silent Sunday

Tomb of the Unknown Concentration Camp Prisoner, Copenhagen, on the grounds of Holy Trinity Church.

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