This fantastic old city located just few kilometres from the current modern city. It is the must visiting place here, so sightseeing and even for just strolling around.
To know all about this place, check the official link I added here.
This is the wonderful old city church located in the centre of the old city. It is listed in the UNESCO World Heritage. Also here, I am not going to copy and paste anything here, just check the official site.
Konstens Hus is an art gallery where both local and international artists show their works. There are new exhibitions quite often, and sometimes there are also lectures and other public events in the gallery.
Admission is free! Opening hours are 12noon - 4 PM daily during summer. After mid-August the hours are 12noon - 6 PM Tue, Thu and Fri, 12noon - 8 PM Wed, and 12noon - 4 PM Sat-Sun.
There is also a small café and a shop that sells local contemporary design (eg jewellery).
The stalls in the choir are medieval and remind of the days when the catholic clergy had their reserved seats there. Seven chairs and six sculptured stall ends have been preserved. This equipment is one of the oldest in the church. To my view they were tailor made :-) One priest must have been very big and the other one... not so....
The triumphal crucifix is a splendid masterpiece of medieval art. The four evangelists and their symbols are painted in the north in the summer and it brings out the beauty of this crucifix in a most remarkable way.
The chancel frescoes are from the 1480ies and painted by the master himself, Albertus Pictor. In the middle of the 18th century the frescoes were plastered, however they were restored in 1909. This is the northernmost church with medieval frescoes in the world!
The altarpiece is carved in wood and is gilded. It was made at the end of the 15th century in Antwerp / Belgium and purchased for this church. The tree main sections represent the Passion, The Infant-Saviour is the centre of the scenes underneath.
The church dates back to the 15th century. It is estimated that in 1492 the church was consecrated on the day of its patron saint, St. Peter. The walls of this stone church are of massive blocks or grey and red granite, and it was built when there were only 1500 people in the parish.
During times of attacks the church and its walls served as means of defence.
Gammelstad town was added to the UNESCO World Heritage List on 7 December 1996. Their reasoning was as follows: "Gammelstad Church Town is a remarkable example of the traditional church town of Northern Scandinavia. It admirably illustrates the adoption of conventional urban design to the special climatic conditions of a hostile natural environment."
The town is basically a prayer town - where people from far away had to come to at times when going to church was law and punished if not full filled. Since the distances were to vast in Lapland Church Cottages were built around the church so that people could stay there before or after having been to church.
A bit outside the city of Lulea you can find the old town (Gammelstad), which is included in UNESCO´s World Heritage List .
To go there certainly is a 'must' for every visitor of the city.
Gammelstad is a Northern Scandinavian church town which was founded in the 17th century.
Around the medieval stone church more than 400 small cottages were built go provide accomodations to churchgoers who lived too far away to make the journey to the church and back to their villages in one day.
Teknikens hus is a science center with a lot of hands-on displays that teaches kids (and adults!) about science. This year it was actually chosen to be the world's best small science center by the world conference for science centers and technical museums...
Even if you don't travel with kids, you would probably find a visit to Teknikens hus interesting. There are displays about a lot of different things like space (including a small planetarium), forestry, mining, aerodynamics...with a lot of things to try, such as making your own paper.
Opening hours Tue-Sun 11 AM-4 PM, extended opening hours during the school holidays. Admission is 50 SEK for adults, 30 SEK for children 5-17 yrs. There are also group and family discounts. (Admission to just the museum shop and/or the restaurant is free)
Norrbottens Museum in Luleå has various permanent and temporary exhibitions, both about the county of Norrbotten (a quarter of Sweden!) and about other things. Past exhibits have included photographs by Swedish photographer Lennart Nilsson, an exhibition about Swedish animals, and displays of local traditional or contemporary handicrafts. Currently one of their permanent exhibitions is about the Sami culture, and intended mainly for children - it's very hands-on and interactive.
The museum's opening hours are Tue-Fri 10 AM - 4 PM, Sat-Sun 12noon - 4 PM. Closed on Mondays. Admission is free!
Go at a Plannja Basket-game. Plannja basket is the most succesful basketballteam in Sweden in the end of the 90's and now. They are with their two american stars fighting to win the Swedish Championship. Go and watch them in 'Pontushallen' or in the ice hockey-arena where they play sometimes; 'Delfinen'.
A succesful team, nice basketball, specially in the finals...
The modern city big church in the city centre. Well, I was a bit unlucky that day afternoon as it was badly raining, the only bad raining day in 10 days of road trip in north of Scandinavia.