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Map over the Viking centre
The fires were essential for warmth and light, and also created a nice atmosphere both outside and in the Viking houses
Bed & Breakfast family room
The Helga Chapel
Interiors from the chapel
The dwelling house
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 the 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
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 a 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.
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The two small rooms are rented for couples and families that want 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 and tent place
jetty shows how the ground has risen since the Viking age. A thousand
years ago the water was ca. 4 meters higher than today. Behind the jetty
there is an ancient tent place.
and bordering stones on a grave
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.
test site with tools
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
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. 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.
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.
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.
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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