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Old April 27th, 2014, 12:52 AM   #1
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Suecia antiqua et hodierna

Suecia antiqua et hodierna

This thread is about Eric Dahlbergs ”Suecia antiqua et hodierna”. The mid 17th to early 18th century collection of engravings. The engravings show us today various locationssuch as swedish cities and castles of that era.
What is typical for the work of ”Suecia antiqua et hodierna” is how many of the important buildings was out of proportion making them look bigger than they really were. The added peaple to the engravings was smaller aswell adding to that effect. Aswell it´s common that there was shown planned addition to certain buildings. Additions that later never came into reality.

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Suecia Antiqua et Hodierna, or Ancient and Modern Sweden, is the title of a large work of engravings collected by Erik Dahlbergh in the mid-17th century. The Suecia can be described as a grand vision of Sweden during its period as a great power. Dahlberg's direct source of inspiration was the topographical publications issued by the Swiss publisher Matthäus Merian. In 1661 Dahlberg was granted a royal privilege enabling him to realize his plans, which kept him occupied for a good decade, and a work that would not be printed until after his death. In its final state Suecia Antiqua et Hodierna comprised three volumes containing 353 plates.



Stockholm from the east.


Stockholm from the west


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The former Three Crowns castle. Destroid in a fire 1697.








Hedvig Eleonora church


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National bank building


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Kungsträdgården park


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Riddarholmen church


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Wrangel palace


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Royal palace church


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House of knights (Riddarhuset)


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Uppsala



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Uppsala Cathedral



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Uppsala Cathedral interiors



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Old Uppsala burial grounds



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Skokloster castle




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Hässelby castle



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Bogesund castle






Drottningholm Palace














Drottningholm interiors


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Old April 27th, 2014, 02:10 AM   #7
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Näsby castle




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Karlbergs castle


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Karlberg again


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Strängnäs


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Old April 27th, 2014, 02:28 AM   #8
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Mariefred with Gripsholms castle


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Tyresö castle


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Old April 27th, 2014, 10:08 AM   #9
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Sandemar


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Västerås


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Arboga


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Köping


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Source: panoramio user PetriH
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Old April 27th, 2014, 10:26 AM   #10
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Sala


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Source: panoramio user Johan_A

Strömsholms Palace


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Örebro


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Göksholm


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Old April 27th, 2014, 12:45 PM   #11
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Geddeholm/Tureholm



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Söderhamn


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Hudiksvall


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Old April 27th, 2014, 01:27 PM   #12
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Great work!! I've always thought hat Uppsala cathedral looked better before it got it's neo-gothic make over. The towers look just like any neo-gothic church built between 1850 - 1900
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Old April 27th, 2014, 01:38 PM   #13
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Härnösand


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Nora


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Karlstad


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Great work!! I've always thought hat Uppsala cathedral looked better before it got it's neo-gothic make over. The towers look just like any neo-gothic church built between 1850 - 1900
Yeah, Helge Zettervall wasn't very sensitive in his church restorations. No one appreciated brick gothic at the turn of the 19th century. At least the original towers are still there under the outside brick skin in Uppsala. Zettervall actually completely tore down the towers of Lund Cathedral. The Norman towers there today are complete new builds.
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I do want to point out that while the Suecia sometimes do exaggerate the size of buildings, and sometimes portray parts of buildings that were planned but never executed, it's actually generally quite an accurate work, and most pictures can be trusted as realistic representations of what the buildings and towns looked like at the end of the 17th century.

Most of the differences seen between the engravings of the Suecia and the photographs of how the palaces and towns look today are down to 300 years of rebuilding, restoration and demolition.

A good example is Karlberg palace. The Suecia shows it as it looked when it was still a royal place in the second half of the 17th century, with a huge baroque garden and an elaborate dock in front of. The pictures show it as it is now, a military school since 1792, with large extensions to both sides for student housing (built in the 1790's), a late 18th century English garden heavily reduced by modern infrastructure (train tracks and motorway ramps mostly) and without a dock.
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Very true Adde.

I do have to say that Sweden looked awesome back then. Atleast when looking at this collection of engravings.



Linköping Cathedral


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Norrköping


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Finspång castle


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Vadstena



The castle today

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The Abbey church today
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Old April 27th, 2014, 10:51 PM   #17
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Well, obviously the Suecia focuses on the more impressive stone buildings, especially in the town views where the average buildings are much smaller in scale than the churches, castles and houses of the nobility. But the work really is an invaluable source to especially upper class environments in late 17th century Sweden.
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Time to add some more pics to this thread.


Säby manor


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Ulfsunda slott


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Södertälje


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Fiholms manor


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Ållonö slott


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Gothenburg with Skansen Lejonet fort at the fron and Skansen kronan fort at the back.


Skansen lejonet today:

Foto by: fredrikolsson69

And Skansen kronan today:

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Old May 30th, 2014, 12:23 PM   #19
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Skara


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Läckö castle



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Gudhem monestary ruins


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Trollhättan


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Söderköping


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Foto by: Niklas Barsk



Stegeborg


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Borås


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Jönköping


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