Textures in Metal

Hand Hammered

Roskilde Cathedral, door hardware, Absalon Passage.

Detail from door leading to the Absalon Arch, an arched passage between the Roskilde Cathedral and the Bishop’s House (now the Roskilde Palace).

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Circles and Curves

In The Light

Church of Our Lady, Copenhagen Cathedral, built between 1817-1829.

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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.

Pink It Is #14

Lady of Loreto Pink

Ceiling decoration,18th-century, Our Lady of Loreto, Lisbon, Portugal

Details from an 18th-century ceiling panel in the Church of Our Lady of Loreto in Lisbon, Portugal. Also called the Church of the Italians , Our Lady of Loreto is in the Chiado district.

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Patterns

Patterned Marble

Base of pipe organ/entry into choir, Seville Cathedral, Spain

The marble atrium supports one of two pipe organs in the Seville Cathedral. The doors open into the sides of the choir, giving access to the stalls. The original organs were built in the 17th and 18th centuries but were later destroyed in an earthquake. This architectural element dates much later than the cathedral itself, which is the world’s largest Gothic church.

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