Photographer's Note

In the fourteenth century, many German merchants moved to Stockholm, when the economy was flourishing. They arrived at Saint Gertrud's cottage, located where Tyska kyrkan (German church) stands today. In 1580, this cottage was rebuilt into a church. It's portal, which was built in 1643, is richly decorated with ornaments and pictures by chief stonemason Jost Henne.

Gamla stan is the old town of Stockholm. It consists mainly of the island Stadsholmen, but also covers Riddarholmen and Helgeandsholmen. Gamla stan is also referred to as the "town between the bridges".
The town dates back to the 13th century, and consists of medieval alleyways, cobbled streets, and archaic architecture. North German architecture has had a strong influence in the Old Town's construction.
Stortorget is the name of the scenic large square in the centre of Gamla Stan, which is surrounded by old merchant's houses including the Stockholm Stock Exchange Building. The square was the site of the Stockholm Bloodbath, where Swedish noblemen were massacred by the Danish King Christian II, on November 7, 1520. The following revolt and civil war led to the dissolution of the Kalmar Union and the subsequent election of King Gustav I of Sweden.

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