Bornholm Explored

DSC_2041-EditI was way too busy with Strik Bornholm to do any serious sightseeing, but I did have Sunday afternoon off, after participating in one of Norah Gaughan’s workshops. While I was holding my workshops, my husband had been sightseeing, and keeping me informed about what he thought was worth seeing. On top of that list was Hammershus Castle. On my list was Jons Kapel; that turned out not to be a seaside chapel, but a cliff (named after a hermit sent to Bornholm to bring Christianity to the islanders according to the legend) and it was quite a hike to get there too. The short drive from Rønne, one of the larger towns on the island where the ferry from Ystad arrives, to Allinge took less than an hour and provided us with a 180 degree view of the sea. The roads on Bornholm are perfect for cyclists, since they seem taken only by a few cars (tourists) and tractors.  I had booked sea view from our holiday flat at Hotel Klintely and the morning sunrise was spectacular, see above. The island you can glimpse is Christiansø, the easternmost point of Denmark. Below is the day view from our terrace.

DSCN1134Allinge only has 1675 inhabitants, and was so idyllic with its old traditional building style. Several small harbors were scattered along the coastline, in between the long beach lines that provided kilometers of beach walks. The spectacular dome below, photographed by my husband who sneaked in during Norah Gaughan’s workshop, is located between Norlandshallen where the Exhibitors Hall was and Allinge Røgeri/Smokehouse on the beach. 

DSC_2079This dome is built by Boligselskabernes Landsforening/Denmark Public Housing and called the “Peoples Meeting Dome” according to the architects; Bureau Detours: “BL, Denmark Public Housing participated in this year’s Peoples Meeting on
 Bornholm, in order to generate debate on the future of housing. According to BL a standard
 exhibition tent would not do justice to a debate of such importance. Instead they wanted a 
space that stuck out, inspired and invited inside.
 In addition to creating the physical space for this debate, it was important for us that the
 space also became an independent contribution.
We wish to stick out, but in the right way.
 We have the ambition that architecture is to be as site-specific as possible, that architecture is
influenced by the local surroundings; the view, the landscape, the wind and the sun. And the
features it offers.
 On the drawing board was a sketch model that has been a long time underway, but had been 
missing the right circumstances, sentiments and audience. A model of a deconstructed
”Dome”, a construction iconized by the hippies in the 70s.” Continues with a lot more photos on Bureau Detours.

DSC_2082Inside was a workshop held by Norah Gaughan in progress. Despite its fantastic interior,  it did not contain the most comfortable benches to sit on during a 6 hours workshop, hence a number of knitters had moved outside when time came for individual work.

DSCN1207“The rocky cliffs of Jons Kapel, which give a panoramic view of the west coast of the island, are reached from the car park on Jons Kapelvej by descending a steep path beside a little stream called Askebækken. Jons Kapel can be seen from the beach, north of the point where the path reaches the coast. The cliffs consist of Vang granite, named after the fishing village of Vang, just to the north. The cliff has several caves. Jon’s Cave is high above the sea. North of the cave, there is an almost vertical rockface known as Hvidkleven (White Cliff). The caves to the south are known as Jons Sovekammer (Jon’s Bedroom), Jons Sakristi, Jons Spisestue (Jon’s Dining Room) and Jons Madkælder (Jon’s Food Cellar)”. More on Wikipedia. It provided us with the exercise for the day.

DSC_2112A short drive away is Hammershus “the largest castle ruin in Northern Europe and the most popular attraction on Bornholm. The oldest part of the fortress was probably built in the early 12th century to consolidate control of the island by the Archbishop of Lund (which was then part of Denmark), which he had acquired through a treaty with King Svend III Grathe of Denmark. For the next 500 years Hammershus was the stronghold of the island’s various rulers. Hammershus was rebuilt and extended on several occasions.” See more on: Bornholm Info. You could easily imagine how glorious the Castle must have looked in its heyday, and it was hard not think of Shakespeare’s Hamlet while walking around. See the setting above, photographed by my husband.

DSCN1219The sea view was spectacular. No wonder that a number of people had decided to have their picnic at the castle. We were lucky enough to spot the café shop and some cake. Above I framed my husband with my camera lens.

DSC_2258We bumped into designer Maria Gustafson, designer Kerstin Lindh, aka Alalindh and Christina at the Castle. Until next time we said, and caught them on camera waving goodbye.


2 thoughts on “Bornholm Explored

  1. Bornholm lends itself to the creative spirit, to adventure and exploration. It is my favorite place in the world.
    My tante Inge, born on Bornholm, was the person who re-ignited my knitting passion on a visit in 1980.
    Thank you for sharing your delightful tour.
    PS: During my first view of Hammerhus I so wished I had a good camera to capture the photo I still see in my minds eye: a single flower growing out of the stones at the top of the far wall. It is one of my best visions and memories thru all my years of travel.

    • So well said, Helle! I can easily understand why it is your favorite place in the world! I am happy to share my delightful memories from Bornholm! Yes, but you have described the memory so well without showing a photo! Thank you!

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