Today, me and Toyooka-san visited Gamla Stan. It was fun to show him around and I believe I learned a lot about Stockholm myself.
First we took a look at the swedish cityhall which is considered to be one of Swedens greatest buildings. It’s the building of the Municipal Council for the City of Stockholm and is also the venue of the Nobel Prize banquet.
Then we went to the house of knights (Riddarhuset). It’s a palace built 1674 and the headquarter for the swedish knighthood nobility.
We continued to Riddarholmen, a small island. It’s the smallest district in Stockholm and only one person lives there. There we took a look at Riddarholmskyrkan, which has been a church for royal funerals the last 400 years.
On Riddaholmen we found this statue of Ewert Taube.
We continued to the Parlament (Riksdagshuset). This is the swedish headqurter for politicians.
Outside Stockholm palace (Kungliga slottet) were soldiers guarding and marching. The royal castle is actually the biggest castle in the world that is still used by a king.
We went to the famous statue “Sankt Göran and the dragon” which is located quite close to the castle. It’s a copy in bronze of the tree-sculpture in the Great Church. St Göran and the dragon is a famous legend from the 300-century. It’s about a horrible dragon called “Lindorm”, a fairytale monster in north European folk belief. The dragon wanted a human sacrifice every day and the citizens of the city Silene were picked out via a lottery. One day, the lot fell on princess Elya, but a knight called prince Göran saves her by killing the dragon. The city thanked him by become christians. When he later visited Rome and admitted that he believed in the christian god, he got executed.
After this we took a look at Storkyrkan and Börshuset but I don’t have any pictures of those. Storkyrkan is Stockholm’s oldest church. At Börhuset works the Swedish academy and it also holds the museum of Alfred Nobel. Me and Toyooka-san decided to enter the museum.
Börshuset is located on Stortorget, which is one of swedens most important historic places. Year 1520 occured “Stockholms blodbad” here. During four days, almost 100 people were executed, accused for paganism. Most people were from noble families and the aristocracy (rich people with power).
The well of the great square – “Stortorgets brunn” – was used as location from which all measurement to Stockholm was made (symbolizing the center of the city).
I showed Toyooka-san the street of priests (Prästgatan) since I think it gives the best impression of what Stockholm looked like back in the old days. There’s almost no stores and restaurants. Close to “Järntorget”, we passed “The alley of Mårten Trotzig” (Mårten Trotzigs Gränd), which is Stockholms thinnest alley. In some places its width is only 90cm.
Then we walked among the stores on Västerlångsgatan which is the biggest street for tourists in Gamla Stan.
I wanted to close up this day with some swedish food, so me and Toyooka-san went to restaurant “Kvarnen” at Medborgarplatsen. We ordered swedish meatballs with mashed potatos and it tasted really well.
I really had a great day and forgot about my aching jaw. Thanks Toyooka-san!
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