Sights and Attractions in Västmanland: Historical
AnundshögLocated 6 km north east of Västerås is one of Sweden´s most remarkable ancient monuments. Anundshög is a royal tomb from the 6th century, the largest of its kind in Sweden. Nearby there is a number of large grave mounds which indicates that this was an important meeting place for several centuries. There a two very large ship tumuli, graves in the shape of a Viking long ship. There is also a runestone from the middle of the 11th century which has a very famous quote and also functioned as a road map.
Skinnskattebergs mansionBeautiful mansion house from the 18th century which nowadays houses Sweden´s agricultural college. Hand-painted wallpaper, woodcarvings, extensive mineral collection. Guided tour by appointment. Phone: 0222-455 00.
Arboga Heliga TrefaldighetskyrkaThe church is from the 13th century and is the province´s only Fransiscan church. It has unique paintings from 1440 which depict the life of Fransiscus. The church also has Sweden´s largest brass chandeliers, which were donated to the church in 1685 and 1724.
Röda JordenRiddarhyttan, which is located 15 km from Skinnskatteberg, is Sweden´s oldest iron-production facility. "Röda Jorden" has received its name from the red ochre that has dissipated into the soil of the area. The earth consists mostly of iron-oxides, which gives it its red colour. With the help of the C-14 method, archaeologists have been able to determine that iron has been manufactured at this site since circa 400 BC
Phone: 0240-66 30 82
Loka brunn15 km south-west of Grythyttan. The well was probably first used as early as the 17th century as a health-spa by the local population. However, the actual spa was not opened until circa 1720. Some buildings from the 18th century are still standing. Among them are for example Alkvettern, Kungsköket, Prästgården and Kungsbyggnaden. The spa is famous for its mudbaths which have now been supplemented by a number of modern rehabilitory methods.
Phone: 0591-631 00
NoraNora became a town in the 17th century but had been a trading centre since the 14th century. Today some old wooden buildings remain in the centre of the old town. One old building well worth seeing is "Göthlinska Gården" on the town square, which is a burgess house from the turn of the century. It has been refurbished into a museum. Another museum in Nora is the railway museum. This museum is what remains of the railway between Nora and Örebro which was used to transport iron-ore. For more information contact Nora Tourist Office Phone: 0587-811 20
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