Stockholm at night - in the Gamla Stan (Old Town)
Gamla stan (The Old Town), until 1980 officially Staden mellan broarna (The Town between the Bridges), is the old town of Stockholm, Sweden. 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. The word "stan" is simply a contraction of the word "staden" ("sta'n"), meaning "the town."
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 merchants' 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 in November, 1520. The following revolt and civil war led to the dissolution of the Kalmar Union and the subsequent election of King Gustav I.
As well as being home to the Stockholm Cathedral, the Nobel Museum, and the Riddarholm church, Gamla stan also boasts Kungliga slottet, Sweden's baroque Royal Palace, built in the 18th century after the previous palace Tre Kronor burned down. The House of Nobility (Riddarhuset) is on the north-western corner of Gamla stan.
The restaurant Den gyldene freden is located on Österlĺnggatan. It has been in business since 1722 and according to the Guinness Book of Records is the oldest existing restaurant with an unaltered interior. A statue of St. George and the Dragon (sculpted by Bernt Notke) can be found in the Stockholm Cathedral, while Riddarholmskyrkan is the royal burial church. Bollhustäppan, a small courtyard at Slottsbacken behind Finska kyrkan, just south of the main approach to the Royal Palace, is home to one of the smallest statues in Sweden, a little boy in wrought iron. The plaque just below the statue says its name "Järnpojken" ("The Iron Boy"). It was created by Liss Eriksson in 1967.
From the mid 19th to the mid 20th century Gamla stan was considered a slum, many of its historical buildings left in disrepair, and just after WW2, several blocks together five alleys were demolished for the enlargement of the Parliament (see Brantingtorget). From the 1980s, however, it has become a tourist attraction as the charm of its medieval, Renaissance architecture and later additions have been valued by later generations.
While the archaeology of the 370 properties in Gamla stan remains poorly documented, recent inventories done by volunteers have shown many buildings previously dated to the 17thy and 18th centuries, can be up to 300 years older. There is also a metro station in Gamla Stan with the same name. (Source: Stockholm & wikipedia)
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ifege (10225) 2012-05-21 1:04
A good night time one George - great colour and good capture of the row of lights and one lone person.
tedesse (25133) 2012-05-21 1:13
Fantastic picture street at night, a beautiful perspective. Perfect lighting and sharpness beautiful colors. Wonderful job.
Have a nice day
besnard (53537) 2012-05-21 1:16
Une trčs belle image nocturne aux chaudes couleurs avec les lampadaires qui brillent comme des étoiles.
Bravo et bonne journée.
carlo62 (32911) 2012-05-21 1:16
una bellissima foto in notturna con un ottimo controllo della luce, si leggono tutti i dettagli.
Mi piacciono molto le luci dei lampioni che guidano l'occhio lungo la strada fino al centro dell'immagine.
mohammad_H (9344) 2012-05-21 1:19
انچه که جالب است خلوت بودن خیابان
ولی بسیار زیبا نمای خیابان با سنگفرش کف
وضوح بسیار خوب
روز خوبی داشته باشید
What is interesting for being quiet street
But the beautiful paved floor with street view
Very good resolution
Have a nice day
daddo (24257) 2012-05-21 1:38
Zdravo George. Masterfully managed night shot with wonderfully warm colours/light and excellent sharpness of details. Nice depth to the image too and faultless DOF. Professional job. Pozdrav. Klaudio.
sabermonajati (9549) 2012-05-21 2:16
you management light skilful and captured amazing frame from old street.
annjackman (19657) 2012-05-21 2:21
The yellow lights and cobbled street give loads of atmosphere. Very well taken and the black frame really emphasises the golden colours. Excellent image.
Kind Regards, Ann
lakshmip1949 (19081) 2012-05-21 3:05
A beautiful night shot framed very nicely. A nice peaceful and quiet atmosphere. The golden colors are striking. A nice winding cobble stoned path.
JFS (32459) 2012-05-21 3:15
BEAUTIFUL night shot of this unique city. The light and the sharpness is really good as well as the POV. thanks George!
joso (2417) 2012-05-21 3:42
here is nothing to critique...
itt csak dicshimnuszokat lehet mondani...
próbálok rájönni, de nem vagyok benne biztos - állva, vagy térdet behajlítva, alacsonyabb pontról fotoztad?
szemmagasság, ha követem a perspektiva vonalát, kb a bal oldali első kirakat fele?
Sonata11 (33251) 2012-05-21 4:47
very spectacular night pic. This is an amazingly beautiful work of the magnificent place. Fabulous work, George. Stunningly beautiful. Love it. Thanks for sharing.
chrisvek (7001) 2012-05-21 4:51
Wow.Very peacefull atmosphere on this photo.Very nice warm colors and lightning.Great framing and perfect composition.Well done
Have a nice week
Sergiom (60180) 2012-05-21 5:31
On peut dire que c'est pas mal tranquille Stockholm la nuit. Pas un chat dans les rues pourtant si belles. Une photo techniquement parfaite.
timecapturer (48840) 2012-05-21 5:38
a beautifully controlled night shot. A warm glow and wonderfully enticing POV make this such an effective and sublime image. Love the sparkling balls of light that guide you into the image and beyond. Excellent!
Have a great week - regards Brian.
cargus (8407) 2012-05-21 5:48
Superbe scčne de nuit, joué dans les plus belles couleurs, image claire et bien fait.!!
danos (86805) 2012-05-21 7:14
nice the night shot with the empty pedestrian road to create depth in the image.I like the light and the colour management as beauty of the place.
Have a good afternoon,Danos
Gigidusud (15891) 2012-05-21 10:21
Beautiful night shot on the street with splendid light and great perspective.I like it!
jjcordier (76416) 2012-05-21 10:42
Superbe photo nocturne de cette rue de Stockholm. Les couleurs chaudes, la composition de l'image, la gestion de la lumičre et la netteté sont splendides.
cornejo (31579) 2012-05-21 11:23
György Hello, very nice picture of the quiet night and nice street. It's a nice and interesting picture, with clarity, depth, good color and light. Very good and nice job well done, congratulations my friend. Tfs.
Good night and happy week.
Best regards and best wishes.
jlbrthnn (76037) 2012-05-21 12:13
The photo is outstanding quality. The framing is always so clever. Exposure, color, sharpness and depth are excellent.
Have a nice day
siudzi (33627) 2012-05-21 12:44
A lovely Old Town street captured with a superb exposure, sharpness and perspective. Like your point of view a lot. It gives us an interesting sight on this place.
ManuMay (34711) 2012-05-21 15:19
Very beautiful alley, excellent light management and composition, a warm place very well captured...
Have a nice day...
npecanhuk (65594) 2012-05-21 18:08
Very beautiful street!
Wonderful urban & architecture & night picture!
Sharpness, exposure, colors, chosen pov, vertical format, black & white borders and composition are all excellent!
TFS - congrats,
Hanssie (10403) 2012-05-21 22:38
What an atmosphere !
Fantastic sharp and very clear, all in wonderful light, a very good night- or "goodnight"-shot !
emka (79016) 2012-05-21 23:51
Wow, marvelous view of the Gamla Stan. Al,l people went to sleep, only photographers still working. fabulous night shot.
Silvio1953 (122353) 2012-05-22 0:27
Ciao George, fascinating nocturne shoot, splendid light, wonderful colors and excellent perspective, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio
dkmurphys (49372) 2012-05-22 1:07
Splendid atmosphere on the old streets of Stockholm. I like the shot, very attractive.
Enjoy the day.
Royaldevon (29649) 2012-05-22 2:37
For a night scene, this is incredibly 'warm'.
Your pov works really well, leading from the f/g to the b/g with a lovely, sensuous curve, still maintaining the rule of thirds. A fine sense of perspective pervades.
Have a lovely day,
ChrisJ (98056) 2012-05-22 6:00
I would blur the noisy sky & use levels to add density to the slightly oe highlights using a feather of 22-33 pixels. Good composition & sharpness. Not easy to do at night with a long shutter speed. I like the warm colors & curved, narrow, alley and street. Tfs!
Cricri (106371) 2012-05-22 10:41
Trčs jolie image nocturne, bon POV, netteté et gestion des lumičres, magnifique réalisation
abmdsudi (43594) 2012-05-23 1:07
This shot looks rather gloomy and atmospheric but sufficient warm glow to lift the spirit. Excellent exposure for the natural and mix light conditions and the viewpoint is effective while keeping the point of interest - the prominent old buildings- brightly lit in sharp focus and smoothly receding. Enough contrast to the night sky and great having the fig to add a human touch and giving us an idea of perspective. Well done under this circumstances but with an appealing shot no doubt. Well done, TFS
alpi1500 (1518) 2012-05-23 2:32
The location has a wonderful sight.Excellent sharpness and good colors.Succesful management of light.
Have a nice day.
mesutilgim (84442) 2012-05-23 12:32
Hello dear George,
Amasing nocturnal capture from Stockholm with perfect pov and perfect light management.
Nice framing and many good and usefull notes.
TFS and best regards
ebingul (1924) 2012-05-27 13:44
I like night shots,I love Gamla Stan,therefore I love this photo.Very nice soft lights and colours with great perspective and clarity.Well done and best regards,
COSTANTINO (55564) 2012-06-04 12:45
wonderful postcard from Stockholm
a night shot is always difficult
to be taken but this one is
fantastic full of lights
- Copyright: George Rumpler (Budapestman) (82620)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2006-07-21
- Categories: Daily Life, Architecture
- Camera: Canon Ixus 50
- Exposure: f/3.5, 1/1.25 seconds
- More Photo Info: view
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Date Submitted: 2012-05-21 0:52