Monday, June 6, 2016

Ysted, Sweden--

I wanted to display some of the doors of Ysted. It is not uncommon to see doors that are one hundred, two hundred years old, and more. 

On the amusing side, the Danes and Swedes have been fighting each other, and every country around them, for hundreds of years. So if you're being led around by a local, they usually lead you to a church and show you ax marks on the door, and say, depending whether you're in Denmark or Sweden, something like, "see these ax marks? That's from when the horrible Danes or Swedes attacked in ... sixteen hundred and whatever." 

One Fact that stuck in my mind, being from California, was that the reason for one attack, centuries past, was that the sea froze between the two countries. I thought that was illegal. But the Swedes took advantage of the opportunity and marched to Vordingborg, the capitol of Denmark at the time.

Here are some wonderful doors and houses along the old, winding walking the streets of Ysted. 

* I discovered that in the summer there is a man in the church who climbs the clock tower every hour from eight pm to midnight, every night, and rings the bell, signalling that all is well. This tradition dates back centuries, to when it was a signal that all was well.

Sunday, June 5, 2016

From Sweden--

 We left Copenhagen and took the train to Ysted, Sweden, which is just north of Bornholm, the Danish island with the Templar churches. We were surprised to find that our hotel, Hotel Continental du Sud, is the oldest Hotel in Sweden, with records showing royal guests as early as 1829. It is a gem that could be used to film the Great Gatsby.

We had some time to kill and walked around this beautiful town of old churches and flower filled squares where children run and stand enthralled by fountains. I was so taken by the town that I began snapping photos of the old doors I came across, some on buildings displaying dates from centuries past. To my amazement one old building had a plaque that stated the building dated to fifteen hundred something. That was the oldest I had seen.
Decades ago she was

 The reason I am posting this is to mention the Templar symbols, and Masonic symbols, found in St. Maria's Church. I was in the church just to look about when I came across the copper candle holders on the wall. I was surprised to see the Templar cross, and then the Masonic eye.

At the time the Templar came to Bornholm, this part of Sweden, along with much of Norway, were ruled by Denmark. Ysted, where the church is, where the candle holders hang, would have been the closest land to Bornholm, and, I would imagine, many goods came from here. 

Notice the Templar cross.
 I wanted to add this mention of a great man's passing, to show how it flashed around the world.
 And on this candle holder is the Masonic eye, just like the one on the American one dollar bill.