Ringebu Stave Church

On a trip through Norway a visit to a Stave Church is a must. I passed by a hand full and one of them is the beautiful wooden church in Ringebu. It was not allowed to take photos inside, that is why from my photos there is only a photo from the entrance door with the beautiful carvings (a little blurred as I was in a hurry between the people going in and out). I found that there is a panorama from the inside of the church on street view which I added at the end of the blog before the location. I hope you like it!

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Maihaugen – The Stave Church

Welcome to the Stave Church in the Open-Air Museum Maihaugen in Lillehammer, Norway. I want to show you this beautiful architecture as a part of this very nice museum.

The origin of this Stave Church that originally stood in Garmo dates back to the 12th century. It was set up in the museum in 1921 after taken down from its original place in 1880. Almost the entire interior is collected from various other churches.

Stave Churches are nowadays very connected to Norway and an important medieval architecture. In the past they were not only limited to the area of Norway. Fur further information I linked you some sources at the end of the blog.

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Masthugget Church — A Personal Place

Today I will introduce you to a special place. Maybe, if you are a fond of Scandinavia and been to Gothenborg before, you might know the place. I write about Masthugget Kyrkan, the church of Masthugget. It is a prominent landmark standing on the hilltop above the Danish Stena Ferry Terminal. For me it is even more, cause the church was in the direct backyard of my student house and many memories are connected to it. Many tourists (even busses of sightseeing) are coming here for the magnificent views over the town and harbour area. We came here so many summer nights after studenthouse parties, for just some fresh air and talking or to just sit here on the rocks looking down on the lights of Gothenborg. Before christmas we even built the church from gingerbread 🙂

I will spare you a lot of discribing of its history, you can see a photo of the sign I took on at the church. Rather I want to show you some of the things you can see from here…

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This is the view along the Göta Älv (river) towards its opening into the North Sea (or already Baltic Sea?) In the far you can see the large bridge, which is a happening, when the ferries go underneath it. Only a very few meters between the chimney and the bridge are left. Don’t forget to have a look when you take the ferry… and keep breathing… it always works!

You can see the German Stena Ferry Terminal (or better said the German Ferry) behind the tiny church tower on the right of the bridge. On the far right you can see the huge iron crane of Ericsberg. In the past lots of ship yards were along the Göta Älv. With the decline of the ship industry, Sweden pushed for technology. The big time for Ericsson Telecommunication came. A lot of the former ship yards nowadays house technology companies. By the way, a few kilometers on the right behind the Ericsberg crane you will get to the Volvo car plant. That area is called Hisingen and is actually an island in the river.

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A zoom on the big bridge over the Göta Älv. You can go there and cross it by bike. There are bike and pedestrian lanes. Of course I crossed it many times.

In the very far you can see the beginning of the Göteborg Skärgard (the Gothenborg Archipelago) which stretches far on both sides of the river opening. On one of the islands close to town is the New Älvsborgs Castle, in the past a protection fortress for the town. It is hard to believe, but I never been there. It is on the top of my todo list for Gothenborg.

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This is the direct view on the Danish Stena Ferry Terminal and behind one of the few remains from the ship industry. I could actually hear the ferry engines in the student house… made me sleepy. On the right in the far back, you can see the tram and car bridge.

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Here you can see the prominent building colored in red and white… the lipstick. In front is the opera and in front of that along the river the ship museum.

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This is the only photo I have that gives you an idea about the rocky consistancy of the terrain in Gothenborg. During the iceage the glaciers did a hard job on the rocks by grinding them until they became very flat. You still can see where smaller rocks have beed moved over the large hill. The rocks here all have scarves from the iceage.

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Very close to Masthugget Church you will find this monument. It is the sailors woman waving for her man leaving the harbour and waiting for him to return safely. She is located at the Maritime Museum of Gothenburg, just down the street from Musthugget Church.

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If you (have to) leave Gothenborg and you take the ferry (German Stena Ferry Terminal), you will have this nice view on the Masthugget Church. Have to say it was pretty hard leaving from here with that view after spending 2,5 years just beside it on the hill.

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Here at least a glimpse of art from the building. If you look carefully, you see it reminds a little of nordic art. If you enter the church you will find nice models of ships hanging inside. It is an interesting church.

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Here what is written on the church about the church.

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I hope you liked this quite personal view on this place. As said, a lot of memories and all very positive are connected to Masthugget Church and the area around. Maybe you have a look on your own and get a sense of it…

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Remains of St. Johannes Chapel

These are another set of remins from a chapel. It was used by traders that lived in the adjacent village of Kyrkhamn. After the reformation in the 16th century the church was not used anymore and started to get into a state of decay. With the construction of the Lighthouse just a little south, some of the remains found a new. Nowadays only these small uneven areas indicate the remains of foundations. Nevertheless the holy grounds kept their peaceful atmosphere in this spectecular scenery.

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Google maps shows you the location of the church remains…

Saint Brita’s Chapel

In the east of Borgholm on Ölands east coast you will find a lonely place called Kapelludden. Here you can visit the ruins of the Saint Brita’s Chapel. It used to be Ölands largest chapel. I can not tell you from when the church originates, but signs say that the church most likely was built when the market place here on the coast was growing significantly (The homepage of the länsstyrelse Kalmar (page of the federal state) says it originates from around the 12th century). As ships were an important transport vehicle, places where they could bring goods on land played an important role.

In the background on some of the photos you can see the lighthouse Kapelluddens Fyr. I have to say that I enjoyed the place very much. It was very peaceful and the late afternoon light gave it its special atmosphere.

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Vilhelmina Church

The neoclassical church of Vilhelmina was finished in 1845. I found information boards on my way through Vilhelmina kommun indicating that it is an interesting building. So I drove up the churchhill to have a look. At the end I did not just look at the church, but combined it with a 2.5 km hike around the churchhill, that starts just around the corner.

Please find the explanation about the church on the photo that I took from a sign that is raised at the church.

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Vilhelmina Kyrkbergsstigen

Coming here originally to have a look at the church of Vilhelmina, I found this small circular hiking trail. With many kilometers to drive in front of me, I took the chance to do this hike. As you might notice, that time I did not take the direct road along the Swedish coast, but took the inland roads following the Swedish-Norwegian border instead.

The Churchhill Trail (Kyrkbergsstigen) starts from the church and leads you along an interpretetive hiking trail through the very beautiful nature on the churchhill of Vilhelmina. There are plenty of signs set up which explain you about the various plants that grow here. But you will also find art and some historic ‘buildings’.

Below you will find some photos in chronological order that I took on the 2,5 km long hike. Enjoy! …

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