The Öland museum is situated in the local history centre of Himmelsberga. Himmelsberga is a village of carefully preserved buildings from the 18th and 19th centuries in which the visitor can experience a genuine historical environment, and enjoy exhibitions of contemporary and older works of art from the island. In addition, the aim of the museum is to show the finest products from Ölands´s long handcraft tradition. The museum gives a comprehensive picture of the economic and cultural development on Öland and with its central location provides a particularly fine and rewarding destination for the visitor to the island.
Apart from the smallholdings, complete with carefully preserved interiors, machinery, tools and equipment, the museum is also responsible for a sinzeable Art museum and several other exhibition buildings. In short, it is amply equipped to provide a wide and varying program of exhibitions and other arrangements.
The museum shop stocks a broad range of quality handcrafts, books, souvenirs, ice-cream, postcards etc. The cafeteria offers refreshments, snacks and light meals in a traditional setting. During the summerseason, frome May 15th to August 31th, the museum is open daily.References:
St. Stephen"s Basilica is a Roman Catholic basilica named in honour of Stephen, the first King of Hungary (c. 975–1038), whose supposed right hand is housed in the reliquary. It was the sixth largest church building in Hungary before 1920. Today, it is the third largest church building in present-day Hungary.
The basilica was completed in 1905 after 54 years of construction, according to the plans of Miklós Ybl, and was completed by József Kauser. Much of this delay can be attributed to the collapse of the dome in 1868 which required complete demolition of the completed works and rebuilding from the ground up.
The architectural style is Neo-Classical; it has a Greek cross ground plan. The façade is anchored by two large bell towers. In the southern tower is Hungary"s biggest bell, weighing over 9 tonnes. Its predecessor had a weight of almost 8 tonnes, but it was used for military purposes during World War II. Visitors may access the dome by elevators or by climbing 364 stairs for a 360° view overlooking Budapest.
At first, the building was supposed to be named after Saint Leopold, the patron saint of Austria, but the plan was changed in the very last minute, so it became St. Stephen"s Basilica.
The Saint Stephen Basilica has played an active role in the musical community since its consecration in 1905. The head organists of the church have always been very highly regarded musicians. In the past century the Basilica has been home to choral music, classical music as well as contemporary musical performances. The Basilica choir performs often in different parts of Europe as well as at home. In the summer months they perform every Sunday. During these months you can see performances from many distinguished Hungarian and foreign organ players alike.