View to the Kalmar Castle
The history of this legendary castle stretches back over 800 years. During the 12th century a defense tower was erected to protect against pirates and other sea-faring enemies. A harbour was constructed and in the course of time a castle grew around the original tower. Kalmar Castle soon became “The Key to the Kingdom”, a significant defensive fortification on the Danish border with an essential part in international, political life.
The Castle acquired its present appearance in the 16th century, when the Vasa kings Erik XIV and Johan III rebuilt it in the style of a Renaissance palace and furnished it in a continental manner. The last king who lived in the Castle and issued governmental documents was Charles XI. He was on the throne from 1673 to 1692.
Kalmar Castle played a fundamental role in Nordic policy already in 1397, especially as the meeting place for the signing of the Union of Kalmar. On July 20th, 1397 Queen Margaret I signed the controversial yet memorable pact which joined all of the Nordic countries under a common ruler. In 1997 the city of Kalmar and the Castle celebrated the 600th anniversary of the Union of Kalmar.
In 1856, architect Fredrik Wilhelm Scholander (1816–1881) initiated restoration work at Kalmar Castle. His pupil Helgo Zettervall continued restoring Kalmar Castle in the 1880s. Architect Carl Möller drew up the plans and other documents. The work began in 1885 and by 1891 the castle had gained the silhouette it bears today. In 1919 professor Martin Olsson was charged with the continuing restoration of earthworks, the moat, the bridge and the drawbridge. Work continued until 1941, when the castle was once more surrounded by water. Today, it is one of Sweden's best preserved renaissance castles and is open to the public.
Kalmar is a city in Småland in the south-east of Sweden, situated by the Baltic Sea. It had 36,392 inhabitants in 2010 and is the seat of Kalmar Municipality. It is also the capital of Kalmar County, which comprises 12 municipalities with a total of 233,090 inhabitants (2011).
From the thirteenth to the seventeenth centuries, Kalmar was one of Sweden's most important cities. Between 1602 and 1913 it was the episcopal see of Kalmar Diocese, with a bishop, and the Kalmar Cathedral from 1702 is still a fine example of classicistic architecture. It became a fortified city, with the still mighty Kalmar Castle as the center. After the Treaty of Roskilde in 1658, Kalmar's importance diminished, until the industry sector was initiated in the 19th century. The city is home to parts of Linnaeus University.
Geographically Kalmar is the main route to the island of Öland thanks to the Öland Bridge. (Source: Kalmar & wikipedia)
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ChrisJ (100180) 2012-05-03 1:40
Nice blue skylight reflections in the moat, which also adds good dynamism on account of its diagonal axis. Superb sharpness, punchy light contrasts & excellent warm cold colour contrasts between the reddish orange facades of the building the yellow green moss, & the blue sky. Tfs!
dkmurphys (50224) 2012-05-03 2:04
Very beautiful capture with that impressive fortress. I like the architecture and the atmosphere along the walls.
lakshmip1949 (19081) 2012-05-03 2:20
Nice diagonal view ofthis moat leading to the draw bridge taking the viewer to the castle. I like the feflections of the blue sky and the green moss . The architectural details and color contrast are superb in this sharp and well balanced image.
timecapturer (49288) 2012-05-03 3:21
another view of this magnificent castle. Love this composition it gives us a great sense of its size and impressive imposition. Superb clarity and wonderful colours in this excellent presentation.
Have a good day - Brian.
jhm (140689) 2012-05-03 3:34
You shows us this Kalmar Castle on a very nice way.
You chose a good angle this gives depth and perspective.
High quality picture with lovely colors.
Excellent captured and composed.
Very well done, TFS.
Sergiom (62096) 2012-05-03 4:00
Un château que j'aimerais bien visiter surtout par une aussi belle journée avec un ciel impeccable. La diagonale dans l'image la rend bien profonde.
npecanhuk (66914) 2012-05-03 4:35
Very beautiful location!
Truly attractive picture!
Sharpness, exposure, colors, horizontal format, black & white borders, contrasts, chosen pov and composition really pleased me!
TFS - congrats,
Bluejeans (64249) 2012-05-03 5:27
Ola George ,
Bom plano de visão deste castelo Kalmar , tem umas bonitas torres bem detalhadas , bons detalhes de arquitetura , parabéns!!
Um abraço Gonçalo
jlbrthnn (76037) 2012-05-03 6:03
The architecture of the fortifications, is impressive, and does not question its effectiveness. The composition used skillfully, the diagonal and the moat. The light, colors and sharpness are excellent. Bravo.
Have a nice day
Sonata11 (33298) 2012-05-03 8:44
Striking beautiful shot of this architecture I'm mesmerizing by its beauty. Fantastic colors, sharoness, clarity of details. I like yours POV, which let us so many things. I poseted today subsequent an amazingly wonderful picture. Great photo work. Awsome. I love it this impressive place. Thanks for sharing.
All the best and have great day,
cornejo (32780) 2012-05-03 11:17
György Hello, very nice shot of this beautiful view of the castle. Good and lovely composition with good pov. Very good shot, sharpness, depth and color. Good and lovely work, well done, congratulations my friend. Tfs.
Good night and happy weekend.
Best regards and best wishes.
Silvio1953 (124729) 2012-05-03 11:28
Ciao George, great view of fantastic castle, fascinating reflections, splendid light and colors, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio
LOOOK13 (19046) 2012-05-03 14:21
A good capture.
bukitgolfb301 (36516) 2012-05-03 14:30
Hello my dear George
That seems to be a great historical casttle.
So wonderful horizontal stable perfect framework.
Clear and sharp presentation as usual.
Thanks for your sharing with your good job and have a good day, best regards,
Takero from NAGOYA
chrisvek (7001) 2012-05-03 14:55
Great landscape.Great diagonal POV,indeed.Very nice composition and atmosphere.Excellent amount of clarity,and lightning.Well done
Have a good night
danos (87937) 2012-05-03 23:16
Good morning George,
impressive the vivid colours of the image with the excellent chosen POV to creates depth and perspective in the image.I like the brilliant light of the scene as enhance the colours making the scene as a postcard.Fascinating to the clarity and the sharpness of the image.
Have a good day,Danos
Cricri (108095) 2012-05-04 4:13
Belle vue du château, la profondeur et le cadrage du canal, belle harmonie des couleurs et présentation
marcan44 (6295) 2012-05-04 9:22
molto interessante la storia del castello.
Il punto di ripresa è perfetto e mi piace il degradare prospettico.
Colori molto equilibrati e gestione ottimale della luce e dei dettagli.
SWEETFREEDOM (22900) 2012-05-04 9:28
i like this castle and the p.o.v. you have chosen, very good details and colors.
jemaflor (86110) 2012-05-04 11:02
Good shot, interesting momument well framed, nice perspective effect and so lovely light for colors, tfs.
siamesa (27747) 2012-05-04 16:20
Boa noite George
Superb point of view. Excellent angle that values the beauty of this castle. TFS
francio64 (38509) 2012-05-05 12:10
bella l'architettura di questo castello.
Ottima la ripresa in diagonale che conferisce un buon DOF.
- Copyright: George Rumpler (Budapestman) (82620)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2006-07-16
- Categories: Castles, Daily Life, Nature, Architecture, Artwork
- Camera: Canon Ixus 50
- Exposure: f/5.6, 1/800 seconds
- More Photo Info: view
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Date Submitted: 2012-05-03 1:07