The Lund Cathedral (Swedish: Lunds domkyrka) is the Lutheran cathedral in Lund, Scania, Sweden. It is the seat of the bishop of Lund of the Church of Sweden.
Lund Cathedral was consecrated in 1145, and contains many well-known artefacts and features of considerable historical interest.
The building of the Cathedral actually began some 65 years earlier in 1080. Its first Archbishop, Ascer, consecrated the high alter in the Crypt in 1123; and his successor, Archbishop Eskil, then consecrated the main cathedral building in 1145.
During the 16th century the Cathedral was restored by the West-phalian stone mason, Adam van Düren, and his sculptured figures can be seen in several parts of the building. In the 19th century the Cathedral was again thoroughly renovated, first by C.G. Brunius, and then by Helgo Zettervall. Further restoration work was undertaken in the period 1954-63 by Eiler Graebe.
Among the Cathedral´s many attractions, there is the magnificent horological artistic masterpiece, Horologium mirabil Lundense, dating from 1424. This early time and dating machine is still in working order with it rotating mechanical figures marking the passage of time. The Crypt is yet guarded by the figure of Giant Finn. There are also three rare bronze pillars with mounted statues from around 1240. The finely carved oak choir stalls are from the middle of the 14th century; and the majestic altar dates from 1398. On the other hand, the fine Absidens mosaic by Joakim Skovgaard, is from the 1920´s.
Art and Architecture
The church was built of sandstone following the Romanesque style of Lombardy (Northern Italy) and the Rhine region (Germany). These influences are evident in the floorplan, the crypt and the arched gallery that decorate the upper floor of the apse.
The cathedral's towers stand 55 meters high and are, with their pyramidical roofs, a landmark on the skyline of Lund and clearly visible from the surrounding wide plain. The towers are not open to the general public. The oldest church bell was made in 1513.
Two bronze doors built by Carl Johan Dyfverman serve as the main entrance. They hold 24 reliefs with motives from the Bible, particularly the Old Testament. Above the doorway, a concrete pediment has three holy men as motives: Jesus Christ, Canute IV of Denmark, and Saint Lawrence.
As a typical Romanesque building, Lund Cathedral is distinctively dark, with only small windows to allow sunshine to pass through. The Latin-cross church has three aisles and a transept. The quire (under the crossing) has splendid gothic choir stalls from the 1370s. The gothic winged-altarpiece of the main chapel of the apse dates from 1398.
The cathedral's south aisle has an information counter, a globe of light and various exhibitions.
Lund is a city in the province of Scania, southern Sweden. The town has 82,800 inhabitants in 2010, out of a municipal total of 110,824. It is the seat of Lund Municipality, Skåne County. The city is believed to have been founded around 990, when Scania belonged to Denmark. It soon became a major Christian center of the Baltic Sea region, at a time when the area was still a frontier area for Christian mission, and within Scandinavia and especially Denmark through the Middle Ages. From 1103 it was the seat of an archbishop. At the center of the city stands the towering Lund Cathedral, built ca 1090-1145.
Lund University, established 1666, is today one of Scandinavia's largest institutions for education and research. (Source: Lund & Wikipedia)
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mauro61 (52855) 2012-04-18 1:49
buono l'angolo di inquadratura con il quale riesci a catturare per intero la chiesa.
Buona la resa dei materiali da costruzione e scena animata dal verde e dai turisti,
dkmurphys (54489) 2012-04-18 2:28
Impressive cathedral and a beautiful day to illustrate it. Nice capture, well taken!
lakshmip1949 (19081) 2012-04-18 2:34
A huge cathedral with two towers is very impressive. Like the way you have presented showing both the side and the front view. The details are wellcaptured with blue sky as a nice and contrasting background. The people add to the scale. Sharpness and light management are excellent.
dip (23888) 2012-04-18 3:38
nice shot of the impressive cathedral,
interesting details of architecture,
nice capture of the scene as well,
mohammad_H (9804) 2012-04-18 3:51
Look at the top of your camera and a blue sky for the grandeur of the architecture of this building is great. Very beautiful view. Appropriate resolution. Registration is to succeed.
Have a nice day
Sergiom (70648) 2012-04-18 5:20
J'aime beaucoup cette contre plongée qui donne une ampleur exceptionnelle à ces beaux clochers qui pointent vers un ciel parfait. L'image est d'une grande netteté et jouit d'une très belle luminosité.
timecapturer (49288) 2012-04-18 6:15
Wow! This is a beautiful Cathedral and you have captured its elegance and grace so superbly. A great POV and execution, it looks stunning against the blue sky. Wonderful!
Sonata11 (33717) 2012-04-18 7:13
Striking beautiful and impressive architecture of the cathedral. Fabulous composition and vertical format. Marvellously composed this image with splendid colors, sharpness, fantastic clarity to let us notice all details. I love it a lot. Awesome work. Thanks for sharing and historical note.
All the best,
ChrisJ (107157) 2012-04-18 8:27
A superb angled pov on the impressive double spires of the cathedral. The fg people add scale. Good colour & sharpness. A fine exposure with only minimal oe in the white highlights. Tfs!
jlbrthnn (76037) 2012-04-18 8:49
The Romanesque monuments are those I prefer. The very massive towers of 55 meters are impressive. The view is right. The photo is nicely animated by visitors. The quality is excellent. Bravo.
Have a nice day
Afsanehbagheri (3228) 2012-04-18 9:00
سلام دوست من
خیلی زیبا است نمای ساختمان عالی است
vasilpro (41187) 2012-04-18 9:18
Wonderful composition, beautiful church with interesting architecture, excellent light management, very nice colors, very good clarity and sharpness, TfS!
Have a nice evening, Vasilis.
prasun984 (5590) 2012-04-18 11:29
Wonderful lighting as it gives very nice glow to the architectural details on the church. Very nice day for photography. love the clear skies and the clear and sharp presentation! Well captured!
Schnappilic (9690) 2012-04-18 11:41
You have chosen a great POV for such a beautiful cathedral. Impressive work of art!
All the best,
vrabieionut (2189) 2012-04-18 14:34
Superb capture of this cathedral. Good close-up view of the towers, well composed and good POV.Very well done.
Have a nice evening,
siamesa (28105) 2012-04-18 15:19
Boa noite George
I think these old churches are beautiful with a special architectural design. Excellent point of view.
bukitgolfb301 (38526) 2012-04-18 19:22
Hello my dear George
Hi, another fascionating and also solemn shot!
So sharp and clear focisuing as usual.
Great framweork and low angle too.
Very thick tatsteful color touch is marvelous.
Thanks for your sharing with your best job and have a good day, best regards,
Takero from Tokyo
Graal (101108) 2012-04-18 23:12
Jó napot George,
beautiful towers of cathedral in romanesque style. Good vertical composition. An interesting informations. Well presentation from Lund.
Have a nice day.
jemaflor (91301) 2012-04-19 11:58
Nice church well captured with this angle, beautiful architecture, the light is well managed.
abmdsudi (48812) 2012-04-20 7:58
Well captured image with excellent informative notes and you have done your very best given the circumstances. Fantastic architecture loads of fine detail and nicely aligned verticals really bring out the character within a strict framework. Lighting is well handled with lovely sky area, subtle colors, crisp throughout and fine contrast. Love the touch of supplementary colors that add to the general effect. Well taken shot. Congrats
Have a good WE
Cricri (113639) 2012-04-20 11:48
Bel angle de prise de la cathédrale aux deux tours, bon rendu des détails des pierres que donne cette lumière parfaite, note intéressante
Silvio1953 (133822) 2012-04-21 3:52
Ciao George, great POV on fascinating cathedral, lovely composition with a lot of people,m excellent clarity, splendid light and colors, very well done, my friend, have a good week end, ciao Silvi
Bluejeans (64251) 2012-04-22 10:44
Ola George ,
Beleza esta catedral de 1145 , os detalhes de arquitetura são muito bonitos , gostei da textura das velhas paredes , bonitas estas duas torres quadradas ,parabéns!!
Um abraço Gonçalo