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Vasa ship

Vasa celebrates 50 years above water

Published måndag 18 april 2011 kl 14.43
"Vasa is a mirror to the past."
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About 1 million people visit the Vasa Museum every year and so far an estimated 30 million have seen the ship making it Sweden’s main tourist attraction. . Photo: Claudio Bresciani / SCANPIX
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On April 24, 1961, the Vasa Ship can once again been seen above the surface, 332 years after she sank and five years after she was found. Photo: Scanpix
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For 17 years the ship is sprayed with polyethylene glycol to replace the water in the wood. Photo: Jan Collsjöö/Scanpix

Back in the day the Vasa Ship was built to impress and to show off then super power Sweden's military might. But less than an hour into her maiden voyage in 1628 she keeled over and sank.

This week, 383 years later, Vasa celebrate 50 years above water as one of Sweden's main tourist attractions.

30 million people have already visited the Vasa museum since it opened in 1990 nearly 30 years after the ship was salvaged from the bottom of the Baltic Sea near Stockholm's harbour.

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