Sometimes I got to hand it over to this host city of mine, she keeps me surprised every time. Eventhough the conditions that morning was a bit of disappoint due to the mist and high humidity, I didn’t expect to get an almost-perfect sunrise. And I thought sunrise like this only exists in rural areas. Add to that the dreamy effect the morning mist gave.
Skansin is located on a hill beside the port of Tórshavn. The fort was built in 1580 by Magnus Heinason to protect against pirate raids of the town, after he himself was nearly caught up in one such raid. The fort was expanded considerably in 1780 and went through a series of rebuilds for many years afterwards. During the Second World War the fort served Britain as a military base. Two guns date from the British occupation, standing along with many older Danish cannons.
One of the Faroese lighthouses, the Skansin Lighthouse, towers over the fortress, pointing the way to the capital. The strategic location of the fort offers tourists picturesque views of Tórshavn port, surrounding landscape and views out towards Nólsoy island.
Tórshavn is the capital and largest city of the Faroe Islands, a country situated between Scotland and Iceland. Tórshavn is located in the southern part on the east coast of Streymoy. To the northwest of the city lies the 347-meter high mountain Húsareyn, and to the southwest, the 350-meter high Kirkjubøreyn. The town proper has a population of around 15,000.
The Vikings established their parliament on the Tinganes peninsula in 850 CE.Tórshavn thus became the capital of the Faroe Islands and has remained so ever since. All through the Middle Ages the narrow peninsula jutting out into the sea made up the main part of Tórshavn. Early on, Tórshavn became the centre of the islands’ trade monopoly, thereby being the only legal place for the islanders to sell and buy goods. In 1856, the trade monopoly was abolished and the islands were left open to free trade.
The rays of light is not photoshopped in but real, if you had your doubts.
Bergen is a city and municipality on the Bergen Peninsula in Hordaland county on the west coast of Norway. The city was established before 1070 AD. Bergen is the administrative centre of Hordaland.
As of 2014 the municipal population was 278,900 making it, after Oslo, the second-most populous city in Norway. (The Greater Bergen Region population is 414,000.)
The area covered by the municipality is 465 square kilometres (180 sq mi), and it consists of eight boroughs.
The remains of the quays, Bryggen, is a World Heritage Site.
Bergen is an international centre for aquaculture, shipping, offshore petroleum industry and subsea technology, and a national centre for higher education, tourism and finance. Natives speak a distinctive dialect of Norwegian known as Bergensk. The city has an airport, a light rail system, the Western terminal of the Bergen Line, and Bergen Port—the busiest in Norway; the sea lanes start thru Byfjorden. Bergen is known as the city of the Seven Mountains.
Bergen received status as a city in 1070 AD during king Olav Kyrre’s rule, according to the encyclopedia Store norske leksikon.
“Bergen was founded as a a crossroads for trading sometime during the 1020s or 1030s”, proposes Gitte Hansen’s 2004 Ph.D. dissertation “A king decided at the start of the 11th century, that here a city ought to be”, she said later that year. Furthermore, she said that king Olav Kyrre was not the first king to start building a city.
The city was built on part of a royal estate, Alrekstad.
“The sagas tell that Olav Kyrre built a Christ Church at Holmen (later Bergenshus)”—made of wood—according to the encyclopedia Store Norske Leksikon.
In 1068 the Diocese of Bergen was established.
Around 1100 the export (through Bergen) of dried cod from the northern Norwegian coast started, eventually becoming the principal export traded from Bergen.
Before the year 1110, Munkeliv Abbey was built.
The monarchy moved its quarters from the foot of Mount Ulriken, and at the new location wooden structures were eventually replaced by masonry, i.e. Haakon’s Hall.
In 1163 the city’s cathedral, the Christ Church, was the site of the first royal coronation in Norway.
The bishopric of Selja was moved to Bergen either in 1163 or, together with the relics of Sunniva, in 1170.
In 1181 the Birkebeiner defeated their opponents in the Battle of Bergen during the civil war era in Norway. The present-day neighbourhood Engen was the battlefield for the showdown between king Sverre’s men and the farmers’ army, according to the encyclopedia “Bergen byleksikon”.
The Mausoleum of Hadrian, usually known as Castel Sant’Angelo, is a towering cylindrical building in Parco Adriano, Rome, Italy. It was initially commissioned by the Roman Emperor Hadrian as a mausoleum for himself and his family.
Two days after my Yugoslavia Trip with Cludes Tomato i flew to Vienna.
I had super bad luck in Vienna with building sites, seems like cranes and scuffoldings hunt me this year. The Charles Church, St. Stephans Cathedral, Votiv church are just some of them, the most disappointing was the WU (University of Economics). There’s such an interesting building but a building site since March or even longer. Well i found this beauty here, 2 new buildings in vienna, this one with curves and the other one with edges =) The sky was very boring, so this is one of my rare “out of the hand” shots. Next time i’ll try a LE with a dramatic sky ^^
By the way this is my first shot with the Zeiss 16-35 which has really a great quality. Mainly i bought it to keep my cam bag as light as possible, currently i’m at 3.5KG with a tripod!