Wednesday, August 13, 2014

The Slottsfjell Museum

Summer to me is spending time in Vestfold,. This year my friend K and I visited the Slottsfjell Museum, enjoying their exhibitions on local history from the Viking ages, Middle ages, modern Whaling and more. At the entrance they have a copy of the Oseberg viking ship:


I have visited the museum a cople of times before, but this year they have an exhibition in honor of the 200 year anniversary of the Norwegian constitution, and the medieaval charter Sættargjerden from 1277 was on display. This charter is usually archived in Denmark, so this was a unique chance to get to see it.


They have some huge whale skeletons on display - my friend K is standing next to the remnants of this blue whale



A little fun thing - this is the bed count Wedel Jarlsberg brought along on his travels - a really smart thing, right


The only norwegian viking ship not on display in Oslo is the Kåstad ship. This is also the only ship not found in a burrial mound, but it's a merchant's ship that probably was ship wrecked in the fjord


The tower most people associate with the Slottsfjell is fairly modern, from the late 19th century, and is placed in the middle of the ruins of the medieval fortress Tunsberghus


 Ruin of the church seen from the tower roof


 This is just a few glimpses. The museum it's well worth a visit if ever one is in Tønsberg.

Hugs and stitches from Anne Ida

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