sobota, 6 czerwca 2015

Sweden's Oldest Church

Lunds Domkyrka 

This is a small city in Skane region which has a lot to offer, especially for tourists and is one of the oldest cities in Sweden dating back to 990. Lund is a city of contrasts where one millennium of history blends with modern architecture. The city itself is compact and charming, with picturesque old houses, romantic cobbled streets and beautiful green surroundings. Lund was an important cultural and religious city in the Middle Ages, as attested by its large number of churches and monasteries

The main altar

This time, we decided to visit Medieval Lund’s Cathedral which is the oldest church in Sweden. It is amazing, that this magnificent building is still standing and, indeed, still actively used. Lund Cathedral was begun to be built in 1080 of sandstone and follows two styles at once - Romanesque style of Lombardy - Italy and the Rhine region in Germany. Obviously, its structure with two towers is very impressing from outside and continues to impress once you open the bronze doors and enter the cathedral, and walk straight back.

Horologium Mirabile Lundense

The light in the cathedral is very dim as there are only few windows. Apart from the crypts of the bishops, archbishops and their wives, and knights from back in the day, there is a breathing and unique astronomical clock - Horologium Mirabile Lundense – constructed in 1380. The upper board of the clock is still accurate today with different phases of the Moon and where the Sun sets. The lower board is a calendar which calculates and presents different religious holidays.

Oskar with Albert

Our visit was short but definitely it was worth to admire the magnitude and significance of this ancient cathedral.  Its grand atmosphere and architecture contributed to making our stay a memorable experience.

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