My words, thoughts and photos from a Swedish perspective


It’s time to go ashore after the series of boats and why not post a series of towers instead? This is the Cedergren Tower in Stocksund some kilometres from Stockholm. Strange as it may seem, the owner was obviously more interested in the construction of the tower than making it a home. The construction works were more or less completed in 1908, but the interior was never finished and the tower stood empty and abandoned for decades. It was renovated about 10 years ago and can now be rented for conferences, wedding parties etc.

The cathedral from a different angle. The old medieval church was rebuilt during the 18th century for two reasons, the first one being that its tower was in great need of repairs and the second one was that it was regarded necessary to make it match the new Royal Palace better. The result we see today is the result of a battle between at least two architects and the winner was J E Carlberg. Many and long discussions were held about the tower’s foundation and how much weight it could carry and a bombastic baroque style tower was therefore out of the question. Instead it was decided that the old tower should be replaced by a tower of a light construction. Carlberg finally got it his way and his tower is still standing. His reconstruction of the church ended up in a very successful result which inspired many of his contemporary colleagues.

The two towers to the left belong to Gröna Lund, the fair-ground, and the red tower to the right belongs to a citadel on Kastellholmen. The perspective isn’t correct but a little zoom effect now and then doesn’t hurt, does it?


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