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Mårten Trotzigs gränd (Alley of Mårten Trotzig) is an alley in Gamla Stan, the old town of Stockholm, Sweden. It's only 90 cm (3 feet) wide, making it the narrowest street in Stockholm.

It's situated between Västerlånggatan - the among tourists most favoured street - and Prästgatan. The difference in elevation is requiring 36 steps.

It's named after the merchant and burgher Mårten Trotzig, who was born in Wittenberg, Germany in 1559 and immigrated to Stockholm in 1581. He bought properties in this alley and opened up a shop.

But his fortune came from dealing in first iron and later copper and he was to become one of the richest merchants in Stockholm. He passed away in a dramatic incident (he was beaten to death in a robbery) in 1617.

My photo shows the alley from the top position at Prästgatan. We're looking down toward Västerlånggatan, which to the left run into Järntorget (The Iron Square) the second oldest square in Stockholm.

The name of the alley wasn't officially sanctioned by the city until 1949.

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