Browsing Category : Sweden

Swedes on the High Seas: the Maritime History of a Nation in Stockholm


Maritime Museum, Sjöhistoriska museet, Stockholm, Sweden Maritime history, and the way that people have used the sea for exploration and trade, is fascinating.  I never really got it until I visited the oh-so wonderful Maritime Museum in Amsterdam.  Since then, if there is a museum on the subject, I’m there. Unfortunately none of the ones I’ve visited since have really…

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People of the World in Stockholm’s Ethnographic Museum


Ethnographic Museum, Etnografiska Museet, Stockholm, Sweden What is interesting about going to Ethnographic Museums in different countries is that they all have a slightly different emphasis: some, like the Museum of Culture in Basel, have a lot of objects from Papua New Guinea; the Ethnographic Museum in Zurich has an extraordinary Chinese collection.  Each reflects the interests of the people…

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Simple and Stately: Mora Church


Mora Church, Mora kyrka, Mora, Sweden Right at the end of Mora’s main shopping street are two of its main attractions: Zorngården, which is dedicated to local boy, Anders Zorn, and a grand church.  I say grand, but it’s not grand in a south European sort of way – it’s grand by Swedish provincial standards.  And that makes it charming…

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At Home With Mr & Mrs Zorn in Mora


Zorn’s House, Zorngården, Mora, Sweden Behind the yellow-painted timber walls of this modestly sized house, lies the delightful home of Anders Zorn and his wife Emma, right by the Mora Church.  Unfortunately you aren’t allowed to take pictures inside, nor are you really allowed to linger, because you have to take guided tours.  This isn’t an ideal combination for me,…

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Ancient Worlds in Stockholm Part Three: Egypt


…continued from Part Two… The Mediterranean Museum has a very fine Egyptian collection.  It contains objects which were brought to Sweden in the 1700s by merchants and seamen who collected pottery, amulets and papyrus as souvenirs.  In the 1800s, scientists and explorers traveled along the Nile and often donated objects to the Royal collection, as did the Consul General of…

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The Ancient World in Stockholm Part Two: Cyprus


…continued from Part One… Stockholm houses one of the largest archaeological collections from Cyprus.  This is in large part thanks to the excavations undertaken in 1927-1931 by the Swedish Cyprus Expedition.  They dug in about twenty locations and discovered material from the Stone Age to the Roman era.  The team were also notable for their scholarship in that they not…

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Ancient Worlds in Stockholm Part One: Greece & Rome


The Museum of Mediterranean and Near Eastern Antiquities, Medelhavsmuseet, Stockholm, Sweden Clearly if a town has a museum dedicated to the ancient world, I’m there.  And I’ll probably be there for a long time.  And I was at the Mediterranean Museum for much longer than I expected –  and still didn’t see the entire collection.  I totally missed the Islamic section,…

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Cosy and Striking: Stockholm Cathedral


The Great Church, Storkyrkan, Stockholm, Sweden Dedicated to St Nicholas, the large church in the centre of Stockholm is popularly called Storkyrkan, and more informally still, Stockholm Cathedral.  Tradition has it that it was originally built by the legendary founder of the city, Birger Jarl, and it’s first mentioned in written sources in 1279.  Interestingly, it was the only parish…

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Stockholm’s Medieval Past Unearthed


Museum of Medieval Stockholm, Stockholms medeltidsmuseum, Stockholm, Sweden Ah, the Middle Ages!  They are so creepy, so fascinating, so… Swedish.  Yes, I know that doesn’t make sense, but in my little brain the medieval world is summed up in ‘The Seventh Seal’ – a Swedish film.  Not that you get to play chess with Death at this museum, but you do…

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