1677-1686. Blue route: In the service of God

1677-1686. Blue route: In the service of God

In 1677 Steensen was appointed bishop and sent as apostolic vicar to northern Germany and Scandinavia. He served in Hanover from 1677-1680, in Münster from 1680-1683, in Hamburg from 1683-1685, and in Schwerin in 1686. These various postings involving untiring…

1659-1664. Green route: the trip to the Netherlands

1659-1664. Green route: the trip to the Netherlands

When the Karl Gustav Wars between Denmark and Sweden ended, Niels Steensen’s embarked on his first journey abroad in the winter of 1659-60. He travelled by way of Rostock to Amsterdam to study. Amsterdam was a great centre of research,…

1668-1670. Purple route: A geological odyssey

1668-1670. Purple route: A geological odyssey

On December 8, 1667, the same day that Steensen received the sacrament of confirmation from the papal nuncio, he received a summons from Frederik II, King of Denmark, to return home. Before leaving, Steensen wished to write up the most…

1664-1666. Yellow route: To Florence by way of Paris

1664-1666. Yellow route: To Florence by way of Paris

In September 1664 Niels Steensen left Copenhagen again and arrived two months later in Paris. He was the guest of the prominent French academician, Melchisédech Thévenot, and met the French intelligentsia. In Paris Steensen held his famous lecture on the…