Monday, March 22, 2010

Kalø Castle Ruin and Mols Bjerge , 13. March 2010

Kalø Castle ruin in winter. A fortificated castle lay here about 700 years ago. King Erik Menved built three fortificated castles in 1314 as a protection against the rebellious Jutland peasants. This first Kalø was broken down not long after the building. Christoffer II had to sign a coronation charter in 1320 in Viborg, before he became king, which meant that he had to break down king Erik Menved's castles. The rest of the large castle plan, known from the excavations of the National Museum, are ascribed to Valdemar Atterdag. In 1518 Gustav Eriksson Vasa was imprisoned here, but he escaped back home to Sweden in 1519. Kalø fell into decay, and in 1672 the castle was broken down and almost every usable stone was sailed to Copenhagen, where Frederik III's son, Ulrik Frederik Gyldenløve built a palace , the present Charlottenborg.
Kalø ruin at the castle island and a large area of the neighbourhood is listed.

The medieval pavement leading to the island and Kalø is a good footpath , also when the surrounding area is in a bad state caused by snow and ice.

From Kalø was that day a view across a sheet of ice. No birds.

Mols is a lovely place to take a drive. So many places at Mols have a great view over a hilly landscape with farms and houses. Here is a view across the bay to the city Århus (in the middle Studstrupværket).

Stabelhøje” a little north of the village Agri in Mols Bjerge are some of the prettiest hills from Bronze Age in Denmark. The place is worth a visit each season. Here the hills seen from the "shadow-side" with a pretty little timber framed farm at the foot of the hills.

A drive down among the hills and a view to the bay (Knebelvig) - in the middle of the photo to the left is the Poskær Stenhus.

Poskær Stenhus looks a little gloomy on a grey afternoon. It is Denmark's largest round dolmen, and it is from ab. 3.300 B.C.

Opposite the dolmen Poskær Stenhus is a small tree upon a hill. It has been the same size for many years, but it has survived in spite of wind and weather. Survival of the fittest.

There was still much ice by the village Knebel and the fishing harbour. Some swans stayed there. It has been a tough winter for the swans and many other birds this year.

Kalø and Mols 13. March 2010: grethe bachmann


Kittie Howard said...

Your photo of the little tree could be on a calendar or a puzzle. It's perfect and, as you said, real survival. The dolmen amazed me, so old, yet the stones appear as they were. This deep sense of history is somehow reassuring, a type of order that gives comfort. And I wondered what was opposite Aarhus. I've come full circle! As always, a fabulous blog! Thank you!

Thyra said...

Hej! Thanks Kittie! The dolmen is such a special place. I have once been there at midnight where we stood inside the chamber, we were five people and it was thunder and lightning and I almost scared them all by talking about ghosts from the past!