Vasa Museum

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A view of the Vasa (or Wasa) Museum in Stockholm, Aug.24. The Vasa, a Swedish warship, sank in 1628 after sailing just 1,300 meters (1,400 yd) during her maiden voyage. She was salvaged in 1961 with the wooden hull still mainly intact and was sprayed with polyethylene glycol for 17 years… A museum was later built around the reconstructed ship that became one of Sweden’s most popular tourist attractions.

Kalmar Castle

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The castle in Kalmar (and a tree), southeastern Sweden, Aug.19. In 1397, one of the most significant political events in Scandinavia took place in this fortress when the Kalmar Union was formed – a union of Denmark, Norway and Sweden, which then included Finland.