On Sveaborg – Suomenlinna in Helsinki

dsc_2817On Sveaborg – a sea fortress whose construction started in 1748 by Augustin Ehrensvärd who was a Swedish military officer and an architect. Finland was a part of Sweden until 1809 when Finland was occupied by Russia. Sveaborg means “fortress of Svea”. The name “Svea” is female and a symbol for Sweden. Finland became a sovereign state in 1917 and the fortress was renamed Suomenlinna  – “castle of Finland”. Sveaborg – Suomenlinna is a UNESCO world Heritage site. More about Sveaborg – Suomenlinna at wikipedia.

The picture is taken in december 2015 and originally published on Weekly Weather.


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To show kindness to outcasts

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The postcard this week is from Kirseberg in the east of Malmö, on the hill where the witches were burnt. I always sort of thought this was were there were gallows but during my research for a post on Weekly Weather last year I came to realize that the gallows were either close to the beach in medieval times and later closer to the city. Not much on Wikipedia or internet on the witch burnings in Malmö, though there is quite a lot about the other witch burnings in Denmark and the witch hunts in Sweden. Malmö belonged to Denmark until 1658 so it may be that those that write on Wikipedia aren´t interested in something they don´t feel is proper Danish history or proper Swedish history. Anyhow I got a book from the library by a local historian written in 1915 and had a peek in it. The witches in Denmark were not executed like in Sweden but burnt. There was a big fire lit on Kirseberg and the witch was tied to a ladder and thrown into the fire.

The Danish king Christian IV of Denmark encouraged witch hunts and the burning of witches. Witch hunts were earlier in Denmark than in the other Scandinavian countries beginning in the sixteenth century and ending in the late seventeenth century with a total of 1000 witches killed. In Norway the witch hunts take place between 1610 and 1690 and in Sweden between 1668 – 1676. Sweden had 300 killed witches and Finland 115. As Finland then was a part of Sweden this means that was 415 people killed in these countries. Norway has 300 killed witches.

The memorial stone was raised in 1997 to the memory of the witches that died on this place during the years 1543 – 1663, to the memory of the poor soldiers that was buried here 1809 – 1870 and to the memory of the prisoners that died in the prison on Malmöhus castle 1827 – 1891.

The memorial stone ends with a sentence that wants us to think about the outcasts of our own times. And I think it is quite important today with all that happens around us. I have translated the ending sentence on the memorial stone as: “This stone honors all the people that was excluded from the community of their time and encourages the future to reflect on their fate”.

The tower in the background is an old water tower converted to an apartment building. It was built in 1879 but it was soon discovered that it was inadequate for the needs of Malmö and converted to apartments.

The name Kirseberg means Cherry Hill.

This picture was originally published on my other blog Weekly Weather. I am also sharing this post with The Daily Post’s discover challenge: Mixing Media.


Rowboat in the moat by the cannon turret


dsc_2328Medieval castles usually had a moat and Malmöhus castle in Southern Sweden has one too. The castle was originally built in 1434 by Erik of Pomerania, then  king of the unified Denmark, Sweden and Norway. On a guide tour I heard the then town antiquarian say that this castle was the king´s favourite castle. Erik was born in Pomerania but his grandmother was sister to the scandinavian Queen Margaret (Margareta). When her own son died Erik took his place as heir the to the crown. Erik was dethroned twice and for a while made a living as a pirate on Gotland. More about his fascinating story on Wikipedia.

The picture above is of an rowboat I discovered in the moat when passing by. The canon tower behind the boat. This picture was originally published on my other blog From My Horizon.

Devil´s Dyke, Cambridgeshire

Looking down from the ridge at Devil´s Dyke.
Looking down from the ridge at Devil´s Dyke.

The postcard this week comes from Devil´s Dyke in Cambridgeshire. I am standing on top of the ridge looking down on the British stud side. Devil’s Dyke is one of the best surviving examples of Anglo-Saxon earthwork in Britain.  More information here. The picture has been published on Weekly Weather in september 2016.


Guard tower in Nagoya

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A treasured memory from one of my journeys to visit my son who lived there at the time. This is one of the guard towers at Nagoya castle in Japan. The picture has been published on one of my other blogs.

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