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    Parm - art in Rådhuset station
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    Stockholm
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    Stockholm
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    Old Sweden is present not only in the architecture

    by marielexoteria Written Jan 13, 2008

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    Parm - art in R��dhuset station

    Favorite thing: If you ever take the subway and get off at the Rådhuset station, you will see some "boxes" sticking out of the walls (see my picture). These boxes, as I learnt, are a representation of an old volume measurement unit called parm. A parm unit was used to measure hay and would be the equivalent of 3 3/4 ells in length by 4 3/4 ells in width on each side and it's equivalent to 17.7 cubic meters on today's units.

    There's a street in Stockholm called Parmmätargatan which points to a person that used to measure hay in parm.

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    Stockholms blodbad

    by Kuznetsov_Sergey Written Oct 3, 2006

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    Stockholm - Stortorget

    Favorite thing: On November, 8-9th 1520 on Stortorget - the main square of Stockholm there was a rough handling which received in history the name of "the Stockholm bloody bath" ("Stockholms blodbad").

    It was time of Sweden struggle for independence and an exit from the Calmar union. The regent of Sweden Sten Sture - younger tried to resist to the Danish king Christian II. The Danish army intruded in Sweden and crushed the national army. By means of Catholic prelates there was staged a church court in the royal castle.

    About 100 noblemen and townspeople were executed in Stockholm on obviously false charge in heresy. Their property was confiscated. According to contemporaries "blood streams flew down with Stortorget"... Similar bloody massacres occurred then in a number of Sweden areas.

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    Battle of Brunkeberg

    by sim1 Written Jan 31, 2004

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    Diarama of Battle of Brunkeberg at Medeltidsmuseum

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    Battle of Brunkeberg


    An important date in Sweden's history is 10th October 1471 when the Battle of Brunkeberg (nowadays called Norrmalm; a part of Stockholm) took place. Sten Sture the Elder defeated the union King Christian I and his Swedish-Danish army. There were Swedes on both sides. The result, nevertheless, was clear though. The Danish King was the looser.
    In the picture you can see a diorama of the Battle of Brunkeberg at the Medeltids museum in Stockholm

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    Monument St.George and the Dragon

    by sim1 Written Jan 31, 2004

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    St.George and the Dragon at Stockholm Cathedral

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    Monument St.George and the Dragon


    This legendary sculpture of the battle between St.George and the Dragon was taken as a victory monument of the battle of Brunkeberg (see previous tip). The monument is an alter monument for the shrine to St. George in the Stockholm Cathedral - Storkyrkan. The monument was commissioned by Sten Sture the Elder. There is a lot of symbolism seen in this monument. Sten Sture the Elder was seen as St.George, who was victorious over the dragon (King Christian of Denmark) saving the princess (Sweden).

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    Riksdag 1895 - 1904

    by sim1 Updated Feb 2, 2004

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    The Riksdag (Parliament House)

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    Parliament House 1895 - 1904


    The Riksdag (Parliament House) was built on the island of Helgeandsholmen in 1895 - 1904. The architect, Aron Johansson, was influenced by German new-baroque style. The building was renovated 1971-1978 while the parliament was residing at the present Kulturhuset at Sergels square.

    The parliament consist of 349 members who are elected for a period of 3 years.

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    Gustav III, the theatre king

    by sim1 Updated Jan 21, 2006

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    Gustav III, the Theatre King

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    Gustav III, the theatre king


    Gustav III (1746-1792) became king in 1771. After one year on the throne he made, with support of France, a coup d'tat to increase his power. He ruled despite his dictatorship in the name of "enlighten autocracy" and carried through many reforms. The most important was freedom of religion and the ban of torture. He also changed the law so that the number of crimes with the death penalty was decreased.

    He was a big sponsor of cultural activity and built many theatres in his castles, i.e. Gripsholm and Drottningholm and also Haga Park. He started many academies like "Svenska Akademin" (now responsible for the Nobel prize in literature). He played in many theatre shows..... it is been said that he wasn't a good actor though :-)

    He was assassinated by a group of people, when he was participating in a "Masquerade" at the Opera. The group was lead by Johan Anckarström who shot the king with a pistol. The king was hated by the nobility because of his reduction of their privileges and they were the "sponsor" of the murder. Gustav III died 13 days later from his wounds. Anckarström was beheaded one month later, the other in the group expelled from the country.

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    Growth of Stockholm

    by sim1 Updated Feb 2, 2004

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    King Karl XII
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    Growth of Stockholm


    Pest and cholera was the reason of many deaths in Stockholm area in the early 18th century. More then a fifth of the inhabitants in the growing capital died the terrible death of pest during September and October 1710. Cholera killed thousand of people in 1836 and 1854. Despite of the catastrophes Stockholm kept growing fast due to the industrializing and urbanization. New industries like Bolinder (later Volvo tractors and trucks), LM Ericsson (later Ericsson) was founded and they gave many people working opportunities.

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    History I

    by Kuznetsov_Sergey Written Oct 3, 2006

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    Stockholm - Gamla Stan
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    Favorite thing: The basic events in history of Stockholm are the following:
    Birger Jarl - a confidant of king Eric Eriksson built a fortress Stockholm ("a timbered island") on a place of a settlement of Holmija in 1252.

    Stockholm passed under authority of the Danish king Christian II in the end of the XVth century..

    The Danish king Christian II, won a battle on the Osund lake and besieged Stockholm in 1520. The city capitulated and Christian II was crowned on the Swedish throne. In November he executed Stockholm burghers on the main city square Stortorget ("the Stockholm bloody bath").

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    How Stockholm got its name

    by sim1 Updated Jan 31, 2004

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    Old Stockholm, photo of drawing in Medeltidsmuseum

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    How Stockholm got its name


    How Stockholm got its name actually not known. But one of the legends tells about a stock (piece of timber) that played an important role. When Sigtuna was wrecked by Karelian and Estonian tribes in 1187, lots of people fled to other areas. A stock (piece of timber) that was hollowed out and filled with precious belonging (jewels, silver, etc.) was put in the water. It was decided that were the stock would land would be the place for the new settlement. The stock landed at an island that later was called Stockholmen, after that Stadsholmen and now is this island is called the Gamla Stan in Stockholm.

    I really love this legend, but of course it is unknown if it is true. Another legend, hahaha, much more boring in my opinion, says that the name comes from the stock (pieces of timber) that were drilled down the bottom of the inlet to hinder an attack from foreign navies. This was a method used by most of the settlements along the waterside as a protection.

    The first time that Stockholm is mentioned is in 1252. In 1388 the city is given full city rights.

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    History of Stockholm

    by sim1 Updated Jan 31, 2004

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    Old Stockholm, photo from drawing Medeltidsmuseum

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    In these general tips I want to give you a timeline of Stockholm's history. I love digging into history and reading all about a place I am going to or have been. It gives so much more meaning to the things I see during my trip. A square for example can come to life when you know what happened there in times gone by. It's not only the beauty you see, but also the story buildings can tell. And I am probably not the only one to enjoy this, so that's why I made this history section on my page. The timeline brought the history of Stockholm for me in a much better perspective and I can hardly wait to get back to Stockholm and have another look around, but now with this newly gained info. I hope you will enjoy reading it!

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    German influence in the 14th century

    by sim1 Updated Jan 31, 2004

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    Restaurant Zum Franziskaner

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    German influence in the 14th century


    In the Gamla Stan you can still see traces of the German influence in Stockholm. The German influence was caused by the Hanseatic League. During the 14th century trade increased, especially between German towns and Swedish port towns along the Baltic.
    Sweden's trade was dominated by the Hanseatic League for 200 years, until the middle of the 16th century. During that time many German merchants moved to Stockholm. They got together in Saint Gertrud's cottage. In 1580 the guild cottage was rebuilt into a church. The church still exists and this is the Tyska kyrkan or German Church in the Gamla Stan.

    In the picture you can see restaurant Zum Franziskaner (Skeppsbron 44), a rustic German style bierstube.

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    Finnish influence in the 14th century

    by sim1 Updated Jan 31, 2004

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    Old Stockholm harbour at Medeltidsmuseum
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    Finnish influence in the 14th century


    Finland has been a part of Sweden for a very long time. A lot Finnish people came to Stockholm to work as a fisherman, sailor, maid and all kinds of hard labour work. In that time 20% of the population was Finnish. The Finnish and the German churches are "the first foreign" churches in Stockholm. The Finnish Church is located next to the palace in Gamla Stan.

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    1520 Stockholm Bloodbath 1520

    by sim1 Updated Jan 31, 2004

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    Stortorget in the Gamla Stan, Stockholm

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    1520 Stockholm Bloodbath 1520


    The Stockholm Bloodbath was the execution of more than 100 members of the highest Swedish nobility at the 8th and 9th of November 1520 at the Stortorget in Stockholm. The Stortorget is a beautiful square in the old Gamla Stan and with no doubt you will probably come across this square when you wander around in the Gamla Stan. It is strange to realize that such a bloodbath took place on this spot.
    The Danes and the Swedes had many 'infectious' battles in history which were the cause of a lot of vengeance, and this bloodbath was an example of that. The background of this bloodbath started with a dispute between Sten Sture the Younger and Archbishop Gustav Trolle. Gustav Trolle got support of his views at the Danish king Christian II. Sweden and Denmark gotten into battle again, and after the capitulation of Stockholm, Christian II was crowned as the Swedish king. Christian II had proclaimed general amnesty, but he didn't keep his word. Many of the former enemies of Gustav Trolle were accused and convicted in a swift trial. More than 100 of former opponents were executed at the Stortorget in the Gamla Stan. Among the killed was one of the most respected men in Sweden: Erik Johansson Vasa (the father of Gustav Vasa). The Stockholm Bloodbath caused a rebellion led by Gustav Eriksson Vasa against Christian II, which resulted in his execution and selection of Gustav Vasa as the new king.

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    Well measurement

    by sim1 Updated Feb 3, 2004

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    Well at the Stortorget in the Gamla Stan

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    Well measurement


    Nowadays you can see the old Stock Exchange on the Stortorget (the big square in the Gamla Stan), but this used to be the place for Stockholm’s city hall. The Stortorget was the natural centre for the people in old Stockholm. At one time this was the actual hub of which all distances were measured. You can still see on stones alongside the old main roads in Sweden the distance to the well at Stortorget.

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    Gustav Vasa

    by sim1 Updated Jan 31, 2004

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    Gustav Vasa

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    Gustav Vasa


    Gustav Eriksson (Vasa) was the first of the Vasa dynasty (1496 -1560). He was Swedish King from 1523. He was the founder of modern Sweden and a beloved monarch, but also a tough guy. One of his major 'accomplishments' was to take away the power of the Catholic Church in Sweden and turn into a Lutheran state owned church. He confiscated the possessions of the Catholic Church, which made him able to pay the Swedish debts caused by a lot of warfare.
    Another accomplishment was that he managed to get the parliament to agree to a law that made the throne inheritable and by doing that he became a sovereign ruler of Sweden. Before this time they used to elect the kings, or just battle about it of course, lol ;-)
    He actually was never called Gustav Vasa during his lifetime, only Gustav Eriksson. His father was Erik Johansson Vasa, who was executed by Christian II at the Stockholm bloodbath (see above). You can see this painting of Gustav Vasa at Gripsholm Castle.

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