Strömsborg Off The Beaten Path

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    Statue Bågspännaren

    by sim1 Updated Jun 9, 2007

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    High up, in the middle of the Kornhamstorg, you can see the statue called "Bågspännaren" ("Bow Bender") by Christian Eriksson. The statue is often mistaken for William Tell, but in fact it is a statue in memory of the freedom fighter Engelbrekt Engelbrektssons, who lived in the 15th century. Engelbrekt Engelbrektsson was the leader of the Engelbrekt rebellion (1434-1436) against the German-dominated government of Eric of Pomerania.

    This piece of art was originally meant to be placed on the main square in the city of Falun, but a discussion about public art at the time, made them reject the statue in the end. Too bad for Falun, lucky for Stockholm! The statue is placed up very high, so again, don't forget to look up, or you'll easily miss seeing it!

    I really love seeing public art in the streets of Stockholm and the Gamla Stan. There is a huge variety of small and big pieces, spread out over the whole city. There are plenty of them, but they are placed in a modest way, so they don't overpower the surrounding areas, but only seem to add to the atmosphere, just as this statue of the "Bågsännaren" does. The statue was placed on the square in 1916.

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    Kornhamstorg

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    When you follow the "Stora Nygatan" street through the Gamla Stan, or follow the "Västerlånggatan" and take a turn to the right into the Torgdrag.gränd, you will end up on the beautiful Kornhamstorg, or in English the "Grain Harbour Square". There is a lot of activity going on on this little square at the waterside, so you might overlook the beautiful buildings at first sight. But that would really be a pity, because this relatively small square does deserve some more attention. The facades of the building surrounding the square are really beautiful and make it possible to imagine how Stockholm might have looked during the 17th century.

    The square was laid out after a huge fire in 1625, a fire that destroyed almost all building on the South-West side of the Old Town. The end result are the "new" streets of Lilla Nygatan and Stora Nygatan and the Kornhamstorg.

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    The balcony Kornhamnstorg

    by sim1 Updated Jun 9, 2007

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    On the Kornhamnstorg number 51, also called the Scharenberg House, you can see a beautiful bay window from the 1630's. The bay window is held by four human figures with expressive faces. The bay window is easily overlooked as it is higher up the façade, so don't forget to look up or you'll miss it! Once you spot it, you don't know how it was possible to overlook it the first time around. The bay window with its sculptures is quite large and striking to see. Every time I am on the Kornhamnstorg (Corn Harbour Square) I take a minute to look up at this balcony and wonder who lived there during the 1630’s and why the balcony was decorated in this way.

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    St.George and the Dragon

    by sim1 Updated Feb 11, 2006

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    St.George and the Dragon, Köpmangatan
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    If you already looked at the tips about the Stockholm Cathedral, then this statue might look a bit familiar to you. This is the statue of St.George and the Dragon in bronze and it is located on the Köpmangatan. The statue is a copy in bronze of the one in the cathedral. I'll tell you a bit more about the special meaning and the story behind "St.George and the Dragon" in the General tips of this page.

    Close to the statue is a beautiful restaurant called 'Fem Små Hus' (Five Small Houses). The restaurant isn't cheap, but not over-the-top expensive either, and seems worth while going to. So it is on my wishlist to try their meny some day! The restaurant contains of five separate houses which have been connected to form a restaurant. The oldest of them "Hans Hanssons Hus", dates back to 1651. Here you can eat inside a vaulted cellar.
    http://www.femsmahus.se/

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    The Gamla Stan

    by sim1 Updated Feb 11, 2006

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    Picturesque view through one of the narrow streets
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    In these "Off the Beaten Path" tips I want to show you a little bit more about the Gamla Stan. The best way to explore the Gamla Stan (Old City) is just wander around in the many small streets. If you are into shopping the place to be is the Västerlångatan. But if you are more interested in the old houses and being away from the tourist area, it is best to avoid this street altogether, and maybe take the Österlångatan or the Prästgatan instead.

    I find the colours of the houses so beautiful, ranging from warm yellow colours to these almost pink and purple tones. Maybe the colour and the picturesque streets will catch your attention at first, but if you look a bit better, you'll notice a lot of great little details, showing the history of this old part of town.

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    Statue of Evert Taube

    by sim1 Updated Feb 11, 2006

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    Evert Taube on the Järntorget


    I thought this statue on the Järntorget looked so cute that I couldn't resist to take a picture of it. In his hands he has a sheet of musicpaper that cought my attention and after a little research I found out that this is the statue of the famous Evert Taube. The statue is made in bronze, lifesize and by K G Bejemarks. The location is close to Taubes favourite pub Gyllene Freden. In his hands he holds his latest composition. The statue is a gift from Ikea (the famous furniture shop from Sweden) on the 18th of June 1985.

    At his feet there was a little bouquet of fresh flowers, sticking up from the snow. A touching symbol and a show of the love and respect the Swedish have for Evert Taube. The man who is probably the most loved and famous of all artists in Sweden. Evert Taube was a poet, troubadour, writer, artist and adventurer (1890 - 1976)

    The square the statue is located is the Järntorget; Stockholms next oldest square. Only the Stortorget is older.

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    The narrowest street in the Gamla Stan

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    Mårten Trotzigs Gränd


    In this evening picture you can see Mårten Trotzigs Gränd. It doesn't look that spectacular on the photo, but there is something special about this street. The Mårten Trotzigs Gränd is the narrowest street in the Gamla Stan and is only 90 cm wide! Here you also realize the differences in height in the Gamla Stan: you have to walk not less then 36 steps up if you decided to take this little road between the Västermangatan and Prästgatan. This little road is located very close to the Järntorget.

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    Colours in the Gamla Stan

    by sim1 Updated Feb 11, 2006

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    I love the colours of the Gamla Stan and of these two houses on the Stortorget in particular. It is a close up of the two houses on the Stortorget. The red and yellow colours are so warm, so nice to see, whether the sun shines or on a snowy day in January, they always looks picturesque.

    You can even go inside these two houses as they both are now turned into restaurants and on the inside you can still enjoy this nice feel of times long gone by. You can read more about these restaurants (Kaffekoppen and Chokladkoppen) in the restaurant tips.

    The Stortorget is the famous square of the Gamla Stan and a must visit (see second photo for a bettere view). But don't only concentrate on the buildings on the square: you shouldn't forget to take a look at the well on the square either. The well was once the place from where all distances in Sweden were measured (picture 3).

    Another fun little detail remembering days long gone by is about the three main streets leading to the square (Köpmangatan, Svartmangatan and Skomakargatan). These three streets all have the same width of '8 alnar' which is about 4,80 mtr, the required width for roads designed for horse and carriage.

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    Finsa Kyrka (The Finnish Church)

    by sim1 Updated Feb 7, 2006

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    Finnish church during Christmas


    Here you can see a nice winterview of the Finnish Church (Finska Kyrka) during christmas time. The Finnish Church is also located in the Gamla Stan, directly behind the Storkyrkan and the Castle (this area around the caslte is called Slottsbacken). The Finnish Church is the smallest of the 5 churches in the Gamla Stan. The church doesn't have a tower and dates back to the 1640, which makes it Slottsbackens oldest building.

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    Tyska Kyrka (The German Church)

    by sim1 Written Feb 7, 2006

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    Also in the Gamla Stan and very close to the Stortorget is the Tyska Kyrka (German Church or also called St.Gertrude's). This church still has the character and style of the 17th century. I only took a quick peak inside the church (it was almost clossing time) but I was quite impressed. The beautiful stained glas windows, the richly gilded altar and a pulpit of ebony and alabaster. Looking through these photos makes me realize that next time I have to drop by for another visit to take a better look.

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