Photographer's Note

This is not just a red-painted stone , it is the Red Stone! This Red Stone was first documented in 1758, and there are several explanations for the reasons that this boulder was painted.

An old legend says that a ship in severe storm would have leftover saved by getting a rope around the stone and thus received a strong mooring.

Another legend says that a Swedish officer would have been killed here, when the Danes tried to invade. His blood covered the stone!

However, the most probable explanation is that the stone, in the mid-1700s, marked the the limit of the city's water area to the west. During wartimes, chains were fastened on each side of the river and stretched across, to prevent unauthorized intrusion. The red stone simply marked the chains.

The stone is painted every year by the Port Authority. It looked very fresh painted now, but there was already some graffity on the other side. There will be more! Last year some persons ”decorated” the stone with a Dalecarlian horse pattern, that you can see in the workshop. Here you may also get an idea of the size of the stone.

I agree that this red stone looks quite weird, like a huge raw liver…

The whole area here is called Red Stone (Röda Sten), and here is also a cultural centre with this name.

If you look at the map view and zoom in to the satellite option, you can clearly see the stone as well! The marker is where I took this photo!

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Additional Photos by Gunnar Holmertz (saxo042) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3640 W: 198 N: 5663] (38078)
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