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…

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Bårby Borg

Bårby Borg is an archeological site on the Swedish island Öland. Unfortunately there is not much left here, except a large half circular stone wall. But imagine that the place was home to people from the younger iron age until the 17th century. The half circular wall makes Bårby Borg different to the 15 other hillforts found on Öland.

Nowadays the place is a peaceful feeding place for a herd of sheep that gets confused by the visitors that come here with a camera in their hands. But they are their only distraction from grazing, chewing and resting.

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Bårby Borg is well visible from the satellite images of google maps…

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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Ruins of Borgholms Slott

Borgholms Slott are the remains of the castle that King Karl X Gustaf built in the mid of the 17th century during the periode of the baroque. A huge fire destroyed the castle and it was abandoned since. In my opinion it is nowadays a gem of historic places in Sweden and easily combinable with a visit to Sollidens Slott, the summer residence of the Swedish Royals. Both places are more or less neighboring.

So now lets have a look at this massive ruins. From the parking a path leads you to the entrance.

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Once in you can see that a lot of the walls have remained. Only the floors have been gone. I assume they were made of wood and therefore became the food for the fire that took place here.

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The high walls give you a good feeling of how spacious the castle must have been.

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The outside was well protected.

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Some representative door frame.

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Carls X Gustaf, nowadays he wouldn’t be fashionable like that, but I am sure he was in his time.

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Some further photos of the ruins.

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There is an exhibition inside a part of the castle ruins.

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This is the way the castle once looked like.

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Something very impressive are the wall carvings people left here over the last centuries. Of course they are protected nowadays.

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A coat of arms.

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“The ruins from above”

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From the ruins you have a good view towards Borgholm. In the very far distance and quite small you can see the island ‘Blå Jungfru’ with its National Park.

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I hope you liked this short walk through the Borgholm Slott ruins, but I recommend to come here yourself not just for the ruins, but for the entire island Öland. It is a nice piece of earth! Click the logos to open the respective pages in a seperate window…

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