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Statue of the week no. 7

October 17, 2010

This statue has usurped my intended statue of the week number 7.  Why?  I was walking through Slottsparken (the palace park) and I realised that there were birds on the statue! (see statue of the week no.2) So I whipped my camera out and got snapping. 

This is a statue of Karl XIV Johan (1763 – 1844). Karl Johan was previously known as Jean-Baptiste Bernadotte – a Napoleonic marshal who had a difficult relationship with Napoleon.  Eventually Napoleon removed his rank and Bernadotte went to Paris where he found out that the Swedish court had elected him as the next king as Charles XIII was childless. The Swedes were strategic in this decision – they wanted a king who had a military background to defend them against the Russians.  Karl Johan became king of Norway in 1814 when Norway was ceded by Denmark to Sweden.  

Karl Johan’s statue stands in front of the Kongelige Slott (Royal Palace) which he had built (but died before it was finished) and looks down over Karl Johans gate.  The inscription says “The people’s love is my reward.”

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  1. October 17, 2010 6:24 pm

    Does it remind you of Glasgow statues?

  2. October 20, 2010 6:48 am

    No! I never paid much attention to the statues – too busy avoiding the swarms of pigeons as I walked through George Square.


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