A quiet street in Lund
A busy street in Lund
Not to be confused with the Trevi Fountain
This is would barely wash a pigeon's leg, a masterpiece perhaps of Nordic understatement.
Lund Cathedral, however, is something else. Built from granite in the early C12th the building is austere and imposing. This is a Fortress of God, and if I'd been a pagan from up North...well, I'd have been immediately cowed.
Go down into the Crypt and you're entering Dracula country. With a suitable sound track it would look pretty creepy on screen, but in reality it exudes a tremendous sense of peace...and age. In fact it has
remained largely untouched since its consecration in 1123.
You walk in shadow through a small forest of densely built pillars. The most famous pillar is the one with the statue of a man embracing it. Local legend has it that this is Finn the Giant, builder of the cathedral. Others say it represents Samson. The main alter in the Crypt is the oldest in the Cathedral, and was consecrated by Archbishop Asser on June 30th 1123. I love this clash between such accuracy and legend. One makes the other almost believable, though I have my doubts that the Crypt also holds the body of the Irish hero Fionn mac Cumhaill.
There's room for prayer and...
...waiting for little men to walk out of clocks.