On the Inside, Looking Out

This photo was taken from inside a room in Kalmarslott, looking out to a Renaissance-era carved stone water fountain. Kalmarslott is unusual when it comes to medieval castles in that it is not a ruin, it is actively preserved and conserved. Weddings take place in the old chapel, and parts of the castle can be rented out for meetings and conferences.

In the summer, when tourists scuttle high and low, from dining hall to the dungeons, actors in period costume direct you in English or Swedish on hour-long tours. The courtyard is filled with activities for children, replicating what castle life would have been like during the Middle Ages. The fountain flows and bubbles with water, while kids splash around. The castle is alive with visitors during the month of July.

But on this day in Spring, gazing out through Kalmarslott’s original 18th-century wavy glass, the courtyard was empty, the fountain silent.

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