360 video walking tours I Hammershus Winter I Bornholm Denmark


Hi I’m Bronwyn Lund and I’m all about walking around the beautiful island of Bornholm where I live. I’m getting some pretty amazing
images and image quality from the camera, but I’m still working out the sound so
as we go along with the film’s I’ll improve on the sound editing. Rather
than spending my time in front of a computer trying to edit sound on my film
I’d rather be out walking and getting some amazing images for folk who either
can’t get to Bornholm, or who can’t get around to these beautiful places, have the opportunity to
see this in 360°VR, so I hope you enjoy my tours. This is passing through the main gates and this was once the courthouse of the
castle and it may be the oldest building in the castle. Here the Hammershus Moot was held and the Moot was the court of the entire
Northern part of Bornholm. There were two gallows outside the castle. Down there we can see Hammerhavn or
Hammer Harbour as it was called and this was the main supply route for all the
wares coming up to the castle back in the day. It’s actually a really nice walk
down along to that Harbour so I’ll do another film about that another day. This was the main tower of the castle
and there were holes in the loft of the Gateway in which it was possible to shoot or pour
boiling slaked lime over the attackers. The mantle tower was also used as a prison. The king’s
daughter Leonora Christina and her husband, Count Corfitz were
imprisoned here, suspected of high treason. They escaped by means of the
rope from a window on the third floor but were caught again immediately. One of the ferries back to the Danish mainland was called the Leonora Christina, named after this daughter of a King who allegedly betrayed the Crown. These are bedrooms and private living quarters of the officers. The guy that lived in this tower on the left, he was the commander. These stairs are going up to his private chamber and this was the down stairs area where you can still see the old oven and kitchen area. It was the Lord Lieutenants’ wing
and it is thought to have replaced the mantle tower as a private residence.
That’s just what I said about the kitchen and the remains of a circular
baking oven This is my favourite part of the castle, which is the bakery and brewery This was the bakery and brewery of the castle in the middle ages. Beer brewing was an important activity during the medievil period. Close to the scullery was a
slaughterhouse, a smokehouse, a salting house and a communal workshop. All items were manufactured and repaired by people living in the castle. It was a busy place in its heyday and impregnable. It would be difficult to attack a castle like this. A lot of the stone from the castle has
actually been… pillaged in true Viking style or taken away by Christian IV in th 17th century, he wanted to build a fortress just off the coast of Bornholm on another island which is called Christiansø, or Christians Island. I’ll do a tour out there in the summer. We can see where
a lot of the stones went to build the fortresses on Christiansø. I want to show you this because down in the water we can see a rock
formation called the camel and the lion heads I’ll make sure I get down the stairs all
right These are the sitting and dining
rooms of the royalty and the kitchen for the soldiers. In the Middle Ages much meat and fish was eaten, twice as much as bread and porridge, sounds like a great era! The meat was salted, so enormous quantities of beer
were required. Another reason why would have been a great era!! A daily ration was
at least six litres and it just says in Danish here that Hammerhus, the
castle, actually consisted of about 50 to 60 soldiers and in one year the army used 11 tons of flour, over half a ton of of rolled oats, 1.2
tons of dried peas, and 12 tons of beef, 6 tons of pork, 6 tons of lamb, 5 tons of
salted herring, 10 tons of salted cod, and 4 tons of dried white fish. 1.6 tons of butter, 1 ton of vinegar and half a ton of … I’ve forgotten the English word (it was mustard). So they went through a lot of stuff! Mustard! over half a ton of mustard, that’s what it was. and here is the Chapel, the ante chamber and this was the Chapel itself There were two floors in the chapel, below the chapel were the alter and the pulpit, which were placed in the East end and above the Royal Hall, which was for some time the Grand room of the castle. By the entrance
to the castle is a carved symbol, Saint Laurentius and Laurentius
was the patron of the Archepiscopal see of Lund. There are towns on Bornholm named for the Saint – Østerlars and Nylars. Lars is a shortening of Laurentius. They were named for this guy, The Saint . I’m going to take you for a walk along the battlements now, and then finish the tour. Hammershus, one of my favorite places on Bornholm. I forgot about the stables, so I’ll just take you to see those, they’re quite interesting. We can see how thick and solid these walls are, it’s incredible. All built with no earth-moving equipment just boggles my mind every time I come here, what these people were able to build. This was the cowshed. Imagine all the
cows lined up ready to be milked. That’s the Visitors centre which has just been built. It’s open in the summer gives quite a fantastic view of the castle. This was actually a granary here. The doors would have been wide enough for a cart or carriage to pass through. So they could unload the goods and
store them here and then the carriage could drive out the other end. That tower over there to the right served as a prison and also naughty servants were placed in the tower. This has a diagram showing how the horses and cows were housed. Work horses were housed in that area. This is the most well preserved building in the castle. It was made about the same time as the watchman’s gallery on top with the dungeon below. Prisoners were kept until the case was tried. The Lords of Hammershus in the Medieval period probably used the dungeon to punish servants. There’s a fair bit of renovation going on The society that look after the castle have actually received a grant to renovate the castle I hope you’ve enjoyed the tour. Stay tuned for the next one!

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