Gamla Stan - The Old Town, Stockholm

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    Stortorget : Bloodbath & Stock Exchange

    by jumpingnorman Updated Nov 24, 2008

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    Stortorget (found in Gamla Stan) is the location of the Stock Exchange Building (Börshuset), which houses the Swedish Academy, the Nobel Museum, and the Nobel Library.

    And just as the financial crisis of 2008 spells BLOODBATH, this oldest Square in Stockholm is also the site of the November 1520 Stockholm Bloodbath where blood literally filled the streets when Anti-Danish rebels were killed.

    Gustav Vasa, who was the son of one of victims in the Bloodbath at the Stortorget, established the monarchy three years later and started the great period of the Swedish Renaissance.

    As I was walking through Gamla Stan and the Square, I spotted a nice "well" and I touched the water from all four ports. I was all alone beside the well at 6 AM and later I read that it is a very popular meeting place. It was designed by Palmstedt, and it dried up in 1856 due to land elevation, was relocated to Brunkebergstorg and then moved back to its original location in the 1950s. Don't miss this well and make a wish! Also honor the memory of those who died in 1520...

    The well at Stortorget, Stockholm's Gamla Stan Stock Exchange, Gamla Stan, Stockholm, Sweden
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    Skanes Bank

    by angiebabe Written Nov 19, 2008

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    I have found myself on both trips stopping at this striking building to view and take shots of the interesting personalities and ornate fixtures that decorate this building.

    It was on the second visit that around the corner I found an information board giving some interesting history on this building.

    Made only in the late 19th century it looks much older than this - probably because the people shown on this building appear to be wearing medieval clothing.

    You will find this on the major shopping street that takes you up near the Royal Palace and into Gamla Stan.

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    Statue of Lars Johan Hierta

    by Rupanworld Written Oct 20, 2008

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    This is a statue of Lars Johan Hierta at Riddarhustorget in Gamla stan. Lars Johan Hierta (1801 – 1872) was a Swedish newspaper publisher, politician, businessman, and social critic. He was the founder of the newspaper Aftonbladet in 1830. He fought for political and social reform in Sweden during the 19th century and is called the "father of the free press" in Sweden. Hierta died as one of the wealthiest persons in Sweden.

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    The well at Stortorget

    by Rupanworld Written Oct 16, 2008

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    In the big square there is a beautifully designed well. It was designed by Erik Palmstedt who designed the Börshuset or the Stock Exchange building and were built together between 1773 and 1776. It had dried up in 1856 due to land elevation. It was relocated to Brunkebergstorg but then moved back here to its original location in the middle of 20th.

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    Bullkyrkan (The Bun Church)

    by Rupanworld Written Oct 16, 2008

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    It is situated in the Stortorget. House number 5 in the square. It is a second hand shop and one of the few houses in Gamla Stan with a restored ceiling that is accessible to the public. On the first floor is the Bullkyrkan (The Bun Church) where every sunday, the City Mission offers services to the homeless people together with buns, sandwiches, and coffee.

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    Grillska huset (The Grill House)

    by Rupanworld Written Oct 16, 2008

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    It is one of the notable buildings at the Stortorget and was built by a merchant named Hans Bremer in the 1640s but was bought in 1680s by a goldsmith called Antoni Grill, who founded the Grill dynasty. The Dynasty's most notable member was Claës Grill who was the leader of the East India Company, owner of several banks, mining industries, shipping companies and a great art collector. The building was in the possession of this dynasty for over a century. Today it houses the headquarters of Stockholm's City Mission, a Christian charity devoted to supporting homeless people with food, accommodation, education etc.

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    Stortorget

    by Rupanworld Written Oct 16, 2008

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    It means the big square in Swedish. It implies the big public square in Gamla Stan. It is the oldest square in Stockholm and it was this centre around which the urban area of Stockholm gradually came into being historically. This is the square where the infamous execution of about 90 people, mostly the nobles and clergymen, from the opponent party was done in 1520. Many small lanes of gamla stan lead to this big square and believe it or not, wherever in Gamla Stan you are, even if you wander about the streets, you will surely make it to this square even unintentionally. The square is very touristy all throughout the year. The annual Christmas market set up here is very famous.

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    Good old town

    by Rupanworld Written Oct 16, 2008

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    Gamla Stan (meaning old town in swedish) is the old town area in Stockholm and is situated in one of the islands in the city. It is an amazing place where you get a very good feel of the city. Narrow lanes, old houses, colourful squares, Royal palace, souvenir shops, Nobel museum, Post museum, bars, cafes,... all combine to form the Gamla Stan. A very attractive place and the heart of stockholm. The best way to explore the area is to just wander about the narrow streets. There will be plenty of people for sure.

    nearest metro station Gamla stan

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    Shopping!!!

    by graphixs1 Written Sep 6, 2008

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    Visitors to Stockholm must go to Gamla Stan the old town for its shops and cafes, old narrow lanes and alleys. Great place to look for souvenirs and a bit to eat. Amber is a great gift found naturally on the Baltic and makes nice jewelry pieces. Fine handmade wool sweaters, scarf and clothing are also nice choices.

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    LOSE THE MAP!

    by BibiJann Written Aug 28, 2008

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    Whenever I'm in Old Town Stockholm (which is often, since family lives there), I invariably stop tourists who are huddled over a map to ask if I can help.

    My advice is: Lose the map! At least stick it in your pocket - and don't pull it out until you're pooped and need to get back to your hotel.

    Now, wander. Look in shop or at least the windows. Drop into a cafe and have a traditional cinnamon bun with coffee, or maybe the favorite apple pie (different from what you're used to) with vanilla sauce. Pose for a picture with the statues, trolls, moose and other kitcsh you see. Have fun framing photos; get down on your knees to get the funny old phone booth and the church tower in the same shot. Try on something lovely in linen. Grab a snack or a meal in the restaurants advertising their cellar diningrooms (you can pretend you're imprisoned in a dungeon!).

    Most importantly, venture down the sidestreets where you don't see a lot of other tourists. More than 2,000 people make their home in Gamla Stan, and this is where you'll see them going about their daily lives. Go into the churches, watch the blonde tots playing in the schoolyard, look up to see duvets airing on the windowsill.

    Can you believe that during the 1960s, city fathers actually considered tearing this treasure down? What a crime that would have been!

    Don't worry. You're on a small island and you can't get lost. Eventually you'll come to water (either Lake Malaren or the Baltic) and then you can take your map out.

    Inside a cellar restaurant

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    LOSE THE MAP!

    by BibiJann Written Aug 28, 2008

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    Whenever I'm in Old Town Stockholm (which is often, since family lives there), I invariably stop tourists who are huddled over a map to ask if I can help.

    My advice is: Lose the map! At least stick it in your pocket - and don't pull it out until you're pooped and need to get back to your hotel.

    Now, wander. Look in shop or at least the windows. Drop into a cafe and have a traditional cinnamon bun with coffee, or maybe the favorite apple pie (different from what you're used to) with vanilla sauce. Pose for a picture with the statues, trolls, moose and other kitcsh you see. Have fun framing photos; get down on your knees to get the funny old phone booth and the church tower in the same shot. Try on something lovely in linen. Grab a snack or a meal in the restaurants advertising their cellar diningrooms (you can pretend you're imprisoned in a dungeon!).

    Most importantly, venture down the sidestreets where you don't see a lot of other tourists. More than 2,000 people make their home in Gamla Stan, and this is where you'll see them going about their daily lives. Go into the churches, watch the blonde tots playing in the schoolyard, look up to see duvets airing on the windowsill.

    Can you believe that during the 1960s, city fathers actually considered tearing this treasure down? What a crime that would have been!

    Don't worry. You're on a small island and you can't get lost. Eventually you'll come to water (either Lake Malaren or the Baltic) and then you can take your map out.

    Inside a cellar restaurant

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    Magnet for Tourist Activity

    by seasonedveteran Written Apr 11, 2008

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    Among the wonderful sites to see here at the Swedish Royal Seat, the Parliament, the charming old town streets with shops and a famous Church of the Bishop, which i only learned afterwards. So cross the lovely bridge into the old town and explore the heart of Sweden.

    The best part of Gamla Stam, the old town, is taking panorama photographs of it from surround vantage points. i.e. the royal palace from the island on the east of it.

    I was lucky by chance, and the Very much adored princess of Sweden birthday fell upon the day of our arrival. So check out my paparazzi photographs :)

    The Princess herself! very amiable person! Walking streets, near the royal palace Shopping street either in the north and in oldtown alley in gamla stam opening in to the harbor. Pictured in rear is the parliament

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    Enjoy Stockholm Old Town

    by Toshioohsako Updated Apr 11, 2008

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    You cannot say you visited Stockholm without visiting the Old Town (Gamla Stan). Its a beautiful and lively quater and there are many interesting shops, good restaurants, cafes and ice-cream shop. The Nobel Academy is also here.

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    HORSE AND A CARRIAGE

    by gugi66 Written Mar 29, 2008

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    The Old Town, the well-preserved area where the history of Stockholm once started, is seen best from a horse and a carriage. The beautiful carriage, an art piece more than a vehicle, takes you with the help of two horses and a skilful coachman through the narrow streets and lively squares and will show you the Old Town from a somewhat different perspective. The guide will tell you about the life in these quarters from the 13th century until our present days.
    See the genuine Old Town accompanied by the charming clattering against the cobbled streets!

    PRICE 120KR (ABOUT 20$)

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    Gamla Stan (Old Town)

    by pure1942 Written Mar 2, 2008

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    Stockholm's Gamla Stan or Old town dates back to the 13th century. The area is a crisscross of cobbled alleys and streets. Gamla Stan is situated on a small island lnked to the islands of Sodermalm to the south and Norrmalm to the north by several bridges. Skeppsholmen is to the east but id not linked directly by a bridge.
    Gamla Stan is the site of some of the cities oldest buidings including the Kungliga Slottet (Royal Palace) and Stortorget Square.
    The area is filled with restaurants, cafes and small craft and souvenir shops.

    Stortorget Square - gamla Stan View to gamla Stan from Drottninggatan Gamla Stan Gamla Stan cobbled streets Gamla Stan

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