Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Working for direct flights Ålesund to Amsterdam

Jugend-style centre of Ålesund, Norway by Tony Hall
23th of January 1904, the buildings of the city of Ålesund, largely built of wood, was destroyed during the night, a gale aiding the flames, and the population had to leave the town in the middle of the night with only a few minutes' notice. After this fire the city was completely rebuilt in Jugend style. If local politician get their way, you may fly non-stop from Amsterdam to Ålesund, without having to change planes in Oslo.

Local politicians and commerce leaders have actively courted the Dutch airline, KLM, to get a direct service to Amsterdam. KLM is currently working to extend its flights from Norway to the Netherlands, opening access to a large network of destinations worldwide to Norwegian travelers.

Ålesund - an interesting destination for art lovers
Kaiser Wilhelm of Germany loved the area around the city. After the fire, he sent four warships with materials to build temporary shelters and barracks.

After a period of planning, the town was rebuilt in Jugendstil (Art Nouveau), the architectural style of the time. The structures were designed by approximately 20 master builders and 30 Norwegian architects, most of them educated in Trondheim and Charlottenburg, Berlin, drawing inspiration from all over Europe.
The town has an unusually consistent architecture, most of the buildings having been built between 1904 and 1907.

Ålesund is a partner in the Art nouveau network, a European network of co-operation created in 1999 for the study, safeguards and development of the Art nouveau.

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Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Gernerska Mausoleum - Sigtuna Sweden

Inscription over the door
By Mariakyrkan in Sigtuna you find the Mausoleum of the Gerner family (Gernerska Gravkoret) dating back to 1757.
Photo: Venngarn Palace (1670) by Udo Schröter
Colonel Albrekt Gerner fought with Carl XII, the Swedish warrior king. Charles XII was killed at Fredriksten, by the Norwegian city of Halden in 1718, probably by a Norwegian sniper.

Gerner survived the many raids and married Anna Gyllenborg, the daughter of one of Swedens most powerful men Jakob Johan Gyllenborg. As Governor of Stockholms och Uppsala county lord of Venngarn Palace.

Venngarn Palace had been built in 1670 by viscount Magnus Gabriel de la Gardie by the design of the French-Swedish architect Jean de la Vallée
Ther Gerner Mausoleum today
Anna Gerner and Albrekt Gerner took over Venngarn Palace after Gyllenborg and Gerner run the estate until his death in 1755.

Anna Gerner built the mausoleum just after her husbands death in 1755, facing the large church gate of St. Marys church. She retreated to the estate of Torslunda in Höcking.

The coat of arms of ther Gerner and Gyllenborg family are placed on each side over the gate.

Vis Sigtuna and surrounding area 2009 i et større kart

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