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The fires were essential for warmth and light, and also created a nice atmosphere both outside and in the Viking houses

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Chieftain seat

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Chieftain bedroom

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Bed & Breakfast family room

 

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Axe-throwing target

 

 

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The Helga Chapel

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Interiors from the chapel

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The dwelling house

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In the smoky dusk of the Viking house

The Viking women stayed home and took care of the household while the men were out conquering. The children, the elderly and the slaves helped keeping house during the long winters. The wife had all the keys to theeldstad.jpg (76481 bytes) house, they hanged around her waist as a status symbol.

In wintertime, the Vikings were rather isolated in their houses. The fireplace was placed in the middle, above it the bread was baked, the meat was smoked and the porridge was cooked. It gave light and warmth.

 

Reconstructed houses and ancient relics in the Rosala Viking Centre

Map over the Viking village

hall3.JPG (38566 bytes)The Chieftain Hall Rodeborg

The Chieftain Hall was the most important building in a Viking village. That was the place where the chieftain lived and where everyone gathered to practice the Viking cult. The entrance led to the hall, or main room. Along the sides of the hall ran a bank of earth that served as a sleeping place at night and a bench by day. Near the center of the hall lay ahallinterior4.jpg (57276 bytes) clay-covered heartstone, where a fire burned all day. The chieftain hall Rodeborg welcomes modern Vikings for Viking Age feasts and accommodation. There are 37 beds altogether, 8 of them in separate rooms and the rest along the walls in the main hall.

 

See drawings of the

exterior and interior.

The two small rooms are rented for couples and families that wantalkov1.jpg (22732 bytes) to stay for one or several nights. The bed and breakfast - price also includes evening sauna, a brand new modern one. Contact us for more information!

Jetty

The jetty shows how the ground has risen since the Viking age. A thousand years ago the water was ca. 4 meters higher than today.

Sacrifice altar, runes and bordering stones on a grave 

There are no original sacrifice altars left today, since they were all destroyed along with the arrival of Christianity. On the other hand there are lots of grave findings. The dead and his personal belongings were laid within the bordering stones and covered with stones and sometimes even soil.

Archeological test site with tools

The layers of sand and dirt above the findings are very thin in the archipelago. Most artifacts from the Kyrksundet site were found only 10-20 cm below the ground.

A dragon's nest

According to legend, a dragon's nest is a hidden treasure guarded by a dragon. You could see fire in the nest at night and smoke in the daytime. Digging up a dragon's nest was said to be life threatening.

Field labyrinth and axe-throwing target

Field labyrinths have been built in Scandinavia for 2000 years.jungfrudan.JPG (59903 bytes) There are 8 known labyrinths in the Hitis archipelago. In the prehistoric time, the labyrinths were used as fertility rites or for wishing the men good luck with hunting or fishing. In modern time, they have been used for dancing and playing in.

In order to train their skills in axe-throwing the Vikings practiced and competed with a target on a wall.

The Helga Chapel

Christianity came to the Nordic countries during the Viking age and in the 11th century chapels and churches started to rise. The Helga Chapel is a Catholic chapel with a Maria-altar and an altar picture showing the majestic Christ on His throne in heaven.

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The blacksmiths made knives, nails etc. In bright sunlight it was difficult to distinguish the different color nuances of the iron, so the smithy's door never faced south.

Sacrificial stone

A large amount of sacrificial stones have been found in the region of Turku. They were carved and used for sacrificial purposes.

The dwelling house Farmansgården

Farmansgården is the dwelling house of a merchant. The merchants made long trips to sell their products in foreign markets. Both their family and the slaves lived under the same roof. They slept on the solid tree benches. The fireplace had no chimney, the smoke got out through a hole in the roof. The smell of the fireplace was very distinctive for a Viking age house.

   

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