Top Historic Sights in Skanör-Falsterbo, Sweden

Explore the historic highlights of Skanör-Falsterbo

Falsterbo Lighthouse

Falsterbo Lighthouse lies on the place of the oldest known beacon in Scandinavia. The sea route past the Falsterbo Headland has always been dangerous, because of the moving sand banks hidden in the sea. The first beacon was lit by German monks already in the 13th century. By that time Falsterbo was an important trading centre in Denmark. The beacon was placed at the then outermost point. When the trading became less imp ...
Founded: 1793 | Location: Skanör-Falsterbo, Sweden

Falsterbo Church

The oldest parts of St. Gertrude’s Church in Falsterbo were built in the 14th century. The tower and vaultings were added in the 15th century. The medieval porch and sacristy were demolished in 1800’s. There are several wooden scupltures in the church, made probably in the Northern Germany. The triptych is dated to 1400 and altar was made around 1500. The pulpit date also from the 16th century.
Founded: 14th century | Location: Skanör-Falsterbo, Sweden

Falsterbohus Castle Ruins

Falsterbohus was the name of a number of historic castles made by Danish dating from the mid-1200s. The first castle was destroyed in 1311, when Hanseatic League attacked against Eric VI of Denmark. The second one was also destroyed in a battle only couple of years later, at this time by Swedish soldiers. The castle was rebuilt again in the late 14th century as the residence of king’s bailiff. The market of Scania was ...
Founded: 13th century | Location: Skanör-Falsterbo, Sweden

Featured Historic Landmarks, Sites & Buildings

Historic Site of the week

Montparnasse Cemetery

Montparnasse Cemetery was created from three farms in 1824. Cemeteries had been banned from Paris since the closure, owing to health concerns, of the Cimetière des Innocents in 1786. Several new cemeteries outside the precincts of the capital replaced all the internal Parisian ones in the early 19th century: Montmartre Cemetery in the north, Père Lachaise Cemetery in the east, and Montparnasse Cemetery in the south. At the heart of the city, and today sitting in the shadow of the Eiffel Tower, is Passy Cemetery.

Montparnasse cemetery is the burial place of many of France's intellectual and artistic elite as well as publishers and others who promoted the works of authors and artists. There are also many graves of foreigners who have made France their home, as well as monuments to police and firefighters killed in the line of duty in the city of Paris.

The cemetery is divided by Rue Émile Richard. The small section is usually referred to as the small cemetery (petit cimetière) and the large section as the big cemetery (grand cimetière).

Although Baudelaire is buried in this cemetery (division 6), there is also a cenotaph to him (between division 26 and 27). Because of the many notable people buried there, it is a highly popular tourist attraction.