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                           Stockholm, Sweden                           

       Stockholm has been the political and economic centre of Sweden since the 13th century. Its strategic location on fourteen islands on the east coast of Sweden at the mouth of Lake Malaren, by the Stockholm archipelago, has been historically important. The city is built on islands and it's known for its beauty of people, its buildings, its water and parks.

    

     Stockholm City Hall is the building of the Municipal Council. It stands on the eastern tip of Kungshomen island, next to Riddarfjärden's northern shore and facing the islands of Riddarholmen and Södermalm. It houses offices and conference rooms as well as ceremonial halls, and the luxury restaurant Stadshuskällaren. It is the venue of the Nobel Prize banquet and one of Stockholm's major tourist attractions.

                                Palace guards

                            

 

 

 Nordiska Kompaniet department store. Founded in 1902

     Since 1954 the neon sign sits on a custom-designed tower on the NK building's roof, 87 meters above street level.

The Riddarholmen Church is the burial church of the Swedish monarchs. It is located on the island of Riddarholmen, close to the Royal Palace in Stockholm, Sweden. The congregation was dissolved in 1807 and today the church is used only for burial and commemorative purposes. Swedish monarchs from Gustavus Adolphus to Gustav V are entombed here, as well as the earlier monarchs.

 

 

 

                                      Opera House

     The Stockholm Opera House began as a tennis court! Opened in 1782 by Gustavus III, it was the scene of his assassination by the nobleman Ankarstrom, who disagreed with his reforms because they favoured the poorer classes.The King’s son threatened to tear down the building, but relented, putting it to use as a hospital during the war against Finland. Opera in Stockholm saw a revival in the nineteenth century with the debut of Jenny Lind, the  Swedish Nightingale in 1835.

     The Nobel Museum is a museum devoted to circulate information on the Nobel Prize, Nobel laureates from 1901 to present, and the life of the instituter Alfred Nobel (1833-1896). The museum is located in the so called Stock Exchange Building (Börshuset) taking up the north side of the square Stortorget in Gamla stan, the old town in central Stockholm, Sweden.   

 

 

 

                                  Gamla Stan

         Gamla stan (The Old City), sometimes called Staden mellan broarna (The City between the Bridges), is the old town Gamla stan consists primarily of the island Stadsholmen. The surrounding islets Riddarholmen, Helgeandsholmen, and Strömsborg are officially part of, but not colloquially included in, Gamla stan.

 

                      

 

    Storkyrkan (The Great Church) is the oldest church in Gamla Stan. It was first mentioned in a written source dated 1279, and became a Lutheran Protestant church in 1527. The parish church since the Middle Ages of the Nikolai parish, covering the whole island on which the Old Town stands.

    Olof Persson became inspector over the schools in Stockholm 1542 and dean of Storkyrkan. in Stockholm in 1543, wherein he also was buried at his death. Since 1898, there is statue of him outside Storkyrkan 

 

                              The Vasa Museum                            

       The VASA tale: The ship was commissioned by the King of Sweden in the 16th century.It was christened the Vasa. The King wanted an extra row of guns, but the shipbuilder warned that an extra row of guns would more than likely be too bottom heavy and would sink. The King dismissed his concerns and ordered the extra row of guns. The Vasa made its maiden voyage, and its last, capsizing almost as soon as it was launched. They brought her up from the icy waters, almost intact; dismantled and then reassembled her in this museum, dedicated to her short and ill-fated life. A fascinating trip into the past.    

  

        The actual ship that sank is behind me. The background was a little dark, but I worked on it. Of course, now I'm a little bright...  Added some additional pictures of the ship. (thanks to David Wood)

 

      The Oresund Bridge is a combined two-track rail and four-lane road bridge across the Oresund strait. The bridge-tunnel is the longest combined road and rail bridge in Europe and connects the two metropolitan areas of the Oresund Region: the Danish capital of Copenhagen and the Swedish city of Malmö 

 

 

The ship's tenders docked in Visby, Sweden (2001) 

 

             

The Nobel Museum

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