Towers of 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 Smĺland 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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lousat (87108) 2012-05-24 1:21
Hi George,magnificent point of view and perfect light to take soo well the typical colors of these nordic towers,highest quality of details too.Have a nie day and thanks,Luciano
siamesa (28115) 2012-05-24 1:36
Bom dia George
Fascinatig castle as always are the castles.
The point of view is fantastic.Superb exposure.
ManuMay (36097) 2012-05-24 1:42
Perfect point of view choosen, enhancing volumes and contrasts, great definition in details and colours and a perfect composition...Great work!
Have a nice day...
Royaldevon (36089) 2012-05-24 1:58
Good Morning George,
a fine pov of this austere and imposing castle produces excellent guide lines, a good sense of perspective and, with the small tower beyond the trees, a good sense of balance.
Your details are sharp, supplying a good appreciation of the varying textures.
Have a lovely day,
Silvio1953 (136675) 2012-05-24 3:21
Ciao George, great view of fantastic castle, good POV, splendid light, wonderful colors and excellent clarity, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio
dta (74789) 2012-05-24 3:30
Hello George ,
Excellent angle of view on these beautiful towers , well framed in the perfect blue sky .
coolravi19 (549) 2012-05-24 3:38
Excellent capture, The architecture is very nice & its leading our eyes in the picture ....very good descriptive notes ..
Great color balance & sharpness in the pic ....Very well done.
vasilpro (41215) 2012-05-24 3:42
Wonderful composition, beautiful towers with interesting architecture, lovely light and colors, excellent POV, very good clarity and sharpness, TfS!
Have a nice day, Vasilis.
joso (2417) 2012-05-24 3:46
gratulálok a tegnapi 1600.hoz, nem kevés munka, idő, amit belefektettél...
excellent note, good POV - as usual
cornejo (39329) 2012-05-24 4:16
György Hello, very good shot of these lovely interesting castle towers. Nice composition well captured with good frame, with clarity, depth, light and beautiful color. Very good and nice job well done, congratulations my friend. Tfs.
Good afternoon and happy weekend.
Best regards and best wishes.
timecapturer (49288) 2012-05-24 4:17
magnificent architecture and captured so impressively. The colours, textures and dominance of this amazing castle stand out so superbly here. Wonderful!
Regards - Brian.
Sergiom (73374) 2012-05-24 4:27
Un trčs beau point de vue sur les tours du château. Le cadrage vertical leur donne de l'ampleur et les couleurs sont magnifiques.
JFS (32459) 2012-05-24 5:06
Nice architecture for a castle, perfect crop to observe lots of details. The weather was so good that the grass losted its green color...
Enjoy the day!
npecanhuk (73492) 2012-05-24 6:00
Very beautiful Castle!
Very attractive picture!
Sharpness, exposure, colors, chosen pov, contrasts, vertical format, black & white borders and composition are all excellent!
TFS - congrats,
ChrisJ (109494) 2012-05-24 6:23
A lovely warm cold color contrast between the blue sky & the reddish yellow facades of the castle walls. Good symmetry & sharpness with the diagonal z shaped wall adding tension and dynamism as well as linear perspective towards the bg tower at left. Tfs!
mohammad_H (9830) 2012-05-24 7:20
نگاه شما به قلعه یعنی مقاومت در برابر تهاجم.
روزنه و پنجره کوچک قلعه.دفاع
نماش زیبا با وضوح و نور مناسب
زمان ضبط بسیار عالی
روز خوبی داشته باشید
You look to resist the invasion of the castle.
Aperture and a small window of the castle. Defense
Show fine resolution and good light
Excellent recording time
Have a nice day
Sonata11 (33737) 2012-05-24 8:27
This castle is impressively beautiful. Intetesting architecture with fabulously executed photo. Colors, sharpness, clarity, POV and DOF are an excellent job. I love it. perfect picture. Thanks for sharing.
All the best,
jlbrthnn (76037) 2012-05-24 11:26
The pure line of the citadel are pleasing to the eye. The vertical alignment of the diagonal is seen. The light, colors and sharpness are excellent. Bravo.
Have a nice day
francio64 (39868) 2012-05-24 12:33
ottimo POV laterale sulle torri del Castello di Kalmar, con un buon taglio verticale.
Belli i colori, ottimo lo sharp.
Cielo un pň rumoroso.
jjcordier (79295) 2012-05-24 22:04
Une photo de belle qualité des tours de ce Kalmar Castle. Lumičre et couleurs superbes.
emka (91496) 2012-05-24 23:25
Fantastic POV found to show this magnificdent castle. excellent composition with beautiful colours and stunning sharpness.
dkmurphys (55861) 2012-05-25 3:23
Impressive and solid towers. They sure look indestructible. Nice postcard with this fortress detail, well taken!
marcan44 (6307) 2012-05-25 14:19
uno scatto chiaro e nitido nei dettagli ripreso da un POV ben pensato e realizzato con grande maestria.
Di questo castello colpisce l'assoluta mancanza di conformitŕ architettonica tra le basi solide, robuste e semplici e le cupole delle torri molto elaborate con decorazioni.
- Copyright: George Rumpler (Budapestman) (82620)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2006-07-16
- Categories: Castles, Daily Life, Architecture
- Camera: Canon Ixus 50
- Exposure: f/5.6, 1/800 seconds
- More Photo Info: view
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Date Submitted: 2012-05-24 1:11