Top Historic Sights in Flen, Sweden

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Yxtaholm Castle

The first written record of Yxtaholm dates from 1329. The current castle was built by Gustaf Nils Clodt in 1752. Today Yxtaholm is a modern hotel, restaurant and conference centre.
Founded: 1752 | Location: Flen, Sweden

Flen Church

The oldest parts of Flen Church date from the 13th century. The choir was added in the 17th century, probably in 1664 and the new sacristy in 1746. Baptismal font is the oldest item in Flen church, dating from the 12th century. There are also few other medieval artefacts, like crucifix from the 14th century. The pulpit was donated by Brita Ribbing-Rosenhane in 1664 and it was originally painted in black and white. The pr ...
Founded: 13th century | Location: Flen, Sweden

Vibyholm Castle

Viby was first mentioned in 1331. The current castle was built by Charles IX of Sweden to his wife Kristina between 1622-1626. The Dutch Renaissance style castle was designed by Casper van Panten. After the Crown donated Vibyholm to Gustaf Gustafsson af Vasaborg it has been owned by several families. The castle was left to decay in the early 1700s, but restored by Gustaf Ulf Claesson Bonde af Säfstaholm in the 1730s. ...
Founded: 1622-1626 | Location: Flen, Sweden

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Arch of Constantine

The Arch of Constantine is situated between the Colosseum and the Palatine Hill. It was erected by the Roman Senate to commemorate Constantine I's victory over Maxentius at the Battle of Milvian Bridge in 312. Dedicated in 315, it is the largest Roman triumphal arch. The arch spans the Via triumphalis, the way taken by the emperors when they entered the city in triumph.

Though dedicated to Constantine, much of the decorative material incorporated earlier work from the time of the emperors Trajan (98-117), Hadrian (117-138) and Marcus Aurelius (161-180), and is thus a collage. The last of the existing triumphal arches in Rome, it is also the only one to make extensive use of spolia, reusing several major reliefs from 2nd century imperial monuments, which give a striking and famous stylistic contrast to the sculpture newly created for the arch.

The arch is 21 m high, 25.9 m wide and 7.4 m deep. Above the archways is placed the attic, composed of brickwork reveted (faced) with marble. A staircase within the arch is entered from a door at some height from the ground, on the west side, facing the Palatine Hill. The general design with a main part structured by detached columns and an attic with the main inscription above is modelled after the example of the Arch of Septimius Severus on the Roman Forum.