Wednesday, January 31, 2007

Oslo - Copenhagen, sights on our way

The island of Ven

Along our way to Copenhagen, we passed the island of Ven. This small island is situated strategically mid way between Denmark and Sweden. This location has made Ven a source of conflict between the two kingdoms during their long history. It has been Swedish since 1660.

But Ven had an interesting history at then end of the 16th century, when the famous astronomer Tycho Brahe built his palace Uranienborg and his observatory Stjerneborg. Brahe was not only famous as astronomer, but was also known to have worked with astrology and alchemy.

Today these landmarks are long gone, and now around 370 people live on Ven. You can get there by ferry services from Landskrona and Helsingborg in Sweden and from Copenhagen during the summer.

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