City Hall & Stortorget, Malmö

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    City Hall, Malmo
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    Stortorget, Malmo
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    City Hall, Malmo
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    The statue of King Karl X in Stortorget.

    by bpacker Updated Aug 11, 2005

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    Other than looking out for the nightingale at the tip of the fountain, look out for another historic marker of Malmö, the bronzy-green statue of King Karl X Gustav in Stortorget. Like any other royal European statue, this chap is green and on horseback. So what's the big deal you might ask? A helluvabig deal if you consider that this Swedish King took back Malmö from the Danes in 1658. Malmö, along with the southern parts of Sweden, actually belonged to Denmark.

    King Karl is to your right
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    Rådhuset (Malmö City Hall)

    by bpacker Updated Aug 10, 2005

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    Did you see the nightingale? If not, here's a better picture of the impressive Malmö City Hall (built in 1546) in Stortorget . You can see the nightingale at the tip of the fountain. Though it is ornate, the town hall still looks more impressive when it's illuminated at night. You can find it along the east side of the square.

    Look for the nightingale in Stortorget
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    Descending in Stortorget and Rådhuset

    by bpacker Updated Aug 10, 2005

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    Right after Liz and I dropped off at Malmö( mahl-mer) Central Station, we shed off our gigantic backpacks in lockers and wandered about with our daypacks. The first place that we wandered to was the Renaissance-era square called Stortorget. Dominating Stortorget was the red-bricked town hall or Rådhuset. Though there were interior tours, Liz and I gave it a miss since this won't be the last town hall we'll be looking at in Scandinavia. What captured our interest was the fountain on Stortorget. If you look very carefully, you can find a nightingale (an ancient symbol of Malmö) and a water-fountain to quench your thirst.

    Quenching my thirst at Stortorget

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    Malmo - Follow the Leader

    by littlesam1 Updated May 6, 2005

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    Immediately outside of Stortorget I started to walk down the pedestrian mall and found this amusing little group of musicians. I do not know a lot about them, how designed them or anything. But I do know that they made me smile and we a nice welcome to the pedestrian walkway.

    Strike Up The Band!

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    Malmo - Every Village Has a Square

    by littlesam1 Updated May 6, 2005

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    Along with a City Hall, most cities I have visited have a large central city square. Although this is common in Europe it is not as common at home in the United States. So I am always interested in the city squares when I visit a city. And what would a city square be without some sort of equestrian statue.

    Stortorget, Malmo's city square, is 12,000 square meters and is used for big events in the city. It is Malmo's oldest square. It was constructed in 1530 by Jorgen Kock. You will find this statue of King Karl X in the the square. Historically King Karl X made Skane Swedish in 1658.

    Statue of King Karl X

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    Malmo - Take A Closer Look

    by littlesam1 Updated May 6, 2005

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    Someone was not paying attention to what they were doing on the day I arrived. If you look at the flags in front of City Hall you will see that one of them is flying upside down. These are the kind of little things I love to take photo's of to remember. They make the trip more memorable when I look back on them later.

    Some goofed!

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    City Hall

    by littlesam1 Updated May 6, 2005

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    Every city I have been to when traveling in Europe has some kind of city hall. Some are beautiful, some not so beatiful. The one pictured here in Malmo is very attractive and ornate. It is located in the city's oldest square Stortorget. i was constructed in 1546 but has had many renovations over the years. As you can see, the day I arrived the sky was bright and sunny. The flags were waving in the air. But wait...look a little closer. Click on the picture for an enlarged view. Do you notice anything unusual?

    City Hall

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    City Hall

    by Sjalen Updated Jul 12, 2004

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    Nothing beats Stockholm and Sigtuna as far as city halls in Sweden go but this one is a close third. Just don't think that this is where the local council clerks have their offices. No, they're hidden in a monstrous concrete thing near the Concert Hall these days as the city has far outgrown this representation hall. When it was still a city hall (with a slightly different facade), it was lent to king Gustav IV Adolf for a year 1806-07, as he thought Malm? a far superior location to Stockholm in times of continental wars (and never liked Stockholm anyway) and chose to move the court here, effectively making Malm? the capital of Sweden for a year! :-) However, his family loathed the provincial small town and its agricultural squares and misty weather and the 5 000 strong population of Malm? never saw much of the royals. In the end, the king lost all Swedish German lands the year after and was forced to abdicate before being expatriated...

    Today, you can also dine in style in the Rådhuskällaren restaurant with its vaults. One of the classier places in the city.

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    The Optimistic Orchestra

    by HORSCHECK Updated May 24, 2004

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    Malmo has various bronze sculptures all around the town. The most famous seems to be The Optimistic Orchestra (Optimistorkestern) of the artist Yngve Lundell. It is a tribute to Lech Walesa and Martin Luther King.

    The Optimistic Orchestra
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    Stortorget and Lilla Torg

    by HORSCHECK Written Apr 10, 2004

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    Stortorget is the main square of Malmo. It is surrounded by a number of interesting buildings such as the City Hall, the Residence and the Old Pharmacy Lejonet. Moreover a statue of King Karl X is placed on the square.
    A second square called "Lilla Torg" was build in 1590 when Stortorget wasn't big enough for Malmo's trade. Nowadays Lilla Torg is one of Malmo's meeting places with many restaurnats, outdoor cafes and pubs.

    Stortorget
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    City Hall

    by HORSCHECK Written Apr 7, 2004

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    The City Hall (Radhuset) of Malmo is an impressive late Gothic style building of the Middle Ages.
    It was originally built in 1546, but has been modified several times. The current appearance is from 1864-69.

    City Hall (Radhuset)
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    Apoteket Lejonet

    by Fen Updated Sep 15, 2007

    The Apoteket Lejonet Pharmacy is one of the oldest pharmacies from the turn of the 20th century. The building dates from the 1890s.

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    A Walk Through the Streets of Malmo

    by nina_z Written Aug 14, 2006

    Malmo has a lot to offer, whether it's the shops or lovely streets with beautiful architecture, like this oldest pharmacie in town.

    The Oldest Pharmacy Statues of Musicians

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    King Karl X Gustav

    by bambino36 Written Nov 6, 2005

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    The equestrian statue of King Karl Gustav X, who took Skåne from the Danes through the Roskilde Treaty of 1658, stands in the midst of the largest square in Malmö, the Stortorget.

    Equestrian statue of King Karl Gustav X, Malm��

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    See the musicians

    by bonio Written Jun 10, 2005

    On Sodergatan close to Stortorget there is a group of bronze sculptures of musicians, look really good!!

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