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Erstavik

Erstavik estate was first mentioned in 1356 when it was given to Bengt Larsson. It was acquired by Petersen family in the 18th century and his descendants still own the castle. In the Great Northern War 1719 Russian fleet persecuted also Erstavik and several farms were burned down. The current main building is designed by Jean Eric Rehn and it was build in the 1760s. The three-storey house includes an chapel and two wings ...
Founded: 1760s | Location: Saltsjöbaden, Sweden

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Easter Aquhorthies Stone Circle

Easter Aquhorthies stone circle, located near Inverurie, is one of the best-preserved examples of a recumbent stone circle, and one of the few that still have their full complement of stones. It consists of a ring of nine stones, eight of which are grey granite and one red jasper. Two more grey granite stones flank a recumbent of red granite flecked with crystals and lines of quartz. The circle is particularly notable for its builders' use of polychromy in the stones, with the reddish ones situated on the SSW side and the grey ones opposite.

The placename Aquhorthies derives from a Scottish Gaelic word meaning 'field of prayer', and may indicate a 'long continuity of sanctity' between the Stone or Bronze Age circle builders and their much later Gaelic successors millennia later. The circle's surroundings were landscaped in the late 19th century, and it sits within a small fenced and walled enclosure. A stone dyke, known as a roundel, was built around the circle some time between 1847 and 1866–7.