We’ve arrived in Gothenburg, Sweden on a rather gloomy, rainy day…….but what IS THAT on the pier?
It’s a marching band, greeting us to the city! EVEN IN THE RAIN! Well, we can’t let them down…..let’s take a look at Gothenburg!
Going up to higher ground on the bus…….
and we can look back over the city……..is that the sun coming out? We’re at Keiller’s Park……land donated to the city in 1906, by James Keiller. The park is a mix of landscaped park and natural forest.
We can see quite far away from up here!
Our main goal this morning was the Masthuggskyrkan Church at the top of the hill………masthugget means high hill….. You can see this church from the sea, so was well known to seafarers. It was built in 1914 in the National Romantic style of Nordic architecture and is noted as THE Landmark for Gothenburg!
The weather vane on top of the 197 foot tower, is not just for ornamentation, it does indicate the direction of the wind. Gothenburg is known as a windy city, since rain and wind are constantly battering it. No exception today! I am told by the locals that they are immune to it. I am also told that punctuality is one of the defining traits of Swedish people! Keep an eye on that clock too!
A green door in front…….
and A green door in back……
The stonework really defines the setting of this church!
Now for the inside…..mostly white on the inside, which most of the time denotes a Lutheran church. But, the church had priests and adornments that can be found in a Catholic church, as well. It holds 500 people, but in the early, early times, when it was just a long house, it could hold up to 1000.
How would you have liked to put that ceiling in? Or cut all that wood?
The boat hanging from the chandelier represents the men, who make their living from the sea. Many prayers are said to keep them safe.
This is an old hand-carved bench from earlier days.
In 2009, the city council launched a new logotype for Gothenburg, to make it more “hip” and up to date. Since the name Göteborg (the Swedish spelling) contains the Swedish letter “ö” they decided to turn the “ö” sideways . Now, the name is spelled Got:eborg on many signs in the city! Got to love a place like this! More to come ! Stay tuned!