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Norway. Horten. 19th century

Norway. Horten. 19th century


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Norway. Horten. 19th century

Norway. Horten. 19th century. View of the city with the port and arsenal of the state with the Spanish frigate Blanca entering in the drydock. Colored engraving of The Spanish and American Illustration, 1886

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Arsenal Frigate Geography Horten Nordic Norse Norway Norwegian Scandinavia Scandinavian Strait Drydock Oslofjord Skagerrak


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This 19th-century colored engraving, titled "Horten, Norway: View of the City with the Port and State Arsenal," transports us back in time to an era of maritime grandeur and strategic importance. The image, published in The Spanish and American Illustration in 1886, showcases the picturesque town of Horten nestled along the Oslofjord in Norway. The heart of the scene lies at the port, where the vibrant colors of the houses and buildings contrast beautifully with the tranquil waters of the fjord. In the foreground, the bustling activity of the port is evident, with ships anchored and goods being unloaded. The town's natural beauty is further accentuated by the lush greenery and rolling hills that surround it. The true spectacle of the engraving, however, is the state arsenal, which dominates the right side of the image. The arsenal, a symbol of Norway's military strength and strategic location, is home to a drydock where a Spanish frigate, the Blanca, is being repaired. The frigate, with its impressive sails and imposing presence, adds a sense of grandeur and importance to the scene. The image also highlights the strategic location of Horten, which lies at the entrance to the Skagerrak strait, a vital shipping route connecting the North Sea to the Baltic Sea. The town's history is steeped in maritime traditions, with its strategic importance evident even in this late 19th-century view. This engraving offers a glimpse into the rich history and cultural heritage of Norway during the 19th century, a time of transformation and growth for the Nordic nation. The combination of natural beauty, bustling port activity, and military might make for a captivating and intriguing image that continues to fascinate viewers even today.

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