View from rocks of Södermalm to Old Town, Stockholm
Södermalm (often shortened to "Söder", South), is an island that forms the southern district of central Stockholm.
Until the early 17th century Södermalm was mainly a rural, agricultural area. Its first urban areas were planned and built in the mid 17th century, comprising of a mixture of working class housing, such as the little red cottages among which some are still to be seen on the northeastern side of Södermalm, and summer houses and pavilions of wealthier families, such as Emanuel Swedenborg's pavilion, which is to be seen in the outdoor museum Skansen.
Södermalm is often poetically referred to as "Söders höjder", the Heights of 'Söder', which reflects its topography of sheer cliffs and rocky hills. Indeed the hills of Södermalm still provide remarkable views of Stockholm's skyline. In the 18th century, the working class cottages that clung to Mariaberget, the steep cliffs facing Riddarfjärden, were replaced by the large buildings that are there to the present day. It was not until the beginning of the 20th century that urbanisation grasped the entire width of Södermalm. However, even today parts of Södermalm have rural feeling to them, as for instance the landscape of tiny allotments that climb the slopes of Eriksdal. For long Södermalm was mainly known as a working class area, renowned for its poverty and regarded as a slum.
While there has been a romantic air about Södermalm for many decades, its slow ascendancy toward better reputation began as late as in the 1970s or 80s. Today it is considered a fashionable place to live or to go to, and it boasts prominent shopping districts and a wide range of cafés, restaurants and bars. Greta Garbo grew up in this distrtict.
Gamla Stan (Old Town)
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.
The Riddarholmskyrkan (on the right), or the Church of Riddarholmen, is the burial church of the Swedish monarchy. 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 Magnus Ladulås and Karl Knutsson Bonde.
It is one of the oldest buildings in Stockholm, parts of it dating to the late 13th century, when it was built as a greyfriars monastery. After the Protestant Reformation, the monastery was closed and the building turned into a Protestant church. A spire was added during the reign of John III, but burned down following a stroke of lightning on July 28, 1835 after which it was replaced with the following one. (Source: Stockholmtrvel & wikipedia)
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lousat (64243) 2012-05-19 1:41
Hi George,another great choice of point of view,perfect place to take a rich composition like that,perfect colors,perspctive and very impressives details,i can count the windows of the facades...eeheeh...Have a nice weekend and thanks,Luciano
siudzi (27769) 2012-05-19 1:48
Great image of this nice view captured with a superb sense of depth and perspective. Excellent composition, beautiful light and natural tones made your work so attractive. Well done.
mohammad_H (7488) 2012-05-19 1:53
منظره بسیار زیبا با قاب عمودی قشنگ از پل و رودخانه
وضوح و شارپنس بسیار عالی
خیلی خوب و تبریک
روز خوبی داشته باشید
Very beautiful landscape with a beautiful vertical frame of the bridge and river
Excellent clarity and sharpness
Very good, congratulations
Have a nice day
besnard (49969) 2012-05-19 2:04
Un point de vue bien choisi pour nous faire découvrir cette trčs belle ville. Une belle carte postale claire et lumineuse.
Bravo et bon week-end.
jemaflor (74108) 2012-05-19 2:13
Good pov and presentation with a vertical format, interesting perspective, beautiful light and colors, the blue sky is a bit noisy.
Bluejeans (64243) 2012-05-19 2:46
Mais uma bela visão de Stockholm , com estas pontes de fundo , parece uma cidade muito bonita a visitar tem umas belas casas , bom primeiro plano com esta igreja na lateral , belo céu azul , parabéns!!
Um abraįo Gonįalo
timecapturer (37152) 2012-05-19 2:47
a wonderful POV and composition that has such a tantalising aspect to it. Excellent lines and colours which look so attractive in this captivating light. An accomplished execution and beautiful presentation.
Enjoy the weekend - Brian.
Sergiom (45527) 2012-05-19 3:50
Un point de vue superbe qui nous fait découvrir grâce ā ton cadrage vertical toutes les beautés de la ville sous une trčs belle luminosité.
JFS (32453) 2012-05-19 3:57
This perspective is spectacular, your series of Stockholm can't be better. Thanks George!
jlbrthnn (79789) 2012-05-19 4:32
The view is cleverly chosen again. This is another interesting description of the city. The light, colors and sharpness are excellent. Bravo.
Have a nice day
SWEETFREEDOM (19932) 2012-05-19 4:37
interesting house facades in bg, i like the green trees and the boats in fg.
npecanhuk (56372) 2012-05-19 4:39
Wonderful urban environment!
Very beautiful and attractive picture!
Sharpness, exposure, colors, chosen pov, dof, vertical format, black & white borders, contrasts and composition really pleased me!
TFS - congrats,
Have a great week-end (Um ķtimo fim-de-semana prá ti!)
lakshmip1949 (19110) 2012-05-19 5:02
Beautiful view of the town with nice architectural details. Nice pov. Good colors, atmosphere and depth.The picture is very shap and well lit.
ChrisJ (91292) 2012-05-19 9:45
A superb high pov with good sharpness and nice warm vs cold color contrasts between the yellow grass & blue sky. Excellent graphism of the 2 dark church spires against the lighter sky. The diagonal road adds dynamism & linear perspective. Have a nice Sunday!
cornejo (22568) 2012-05-19 10:52
György Hello, very nice shot of this wonderful view of the city, very well framed, with clarity and depth, good light and beautiful color. Lovely job very well done, congratulations. Tfs.
Good afternoon and happy Sunday.
Best regards and best wishes my friend.
Sonata11 (31245) 2012-05-19 14:23
what a wonderful composition of this an amzing city scape, everything in one photo. Splendid colors,fantastic sharpness, clarity, contrast, great light, fantastic POV and DOF as well. Perfectly well done. Like it a lot. Thanks for sharing.
All the best and have a nice WE,
mauro61 (52545) 2012-05-19 15:03
ottimamente curata l'immagine con una buona regolazione della luce.
Cittā che grazie all'ottimo POV si ammira dall'alto in tutta la sua bellezza,
alpi1500 (1518) 2012-05-19 15:13
Nice viev from Stockholm .
Have a good Sunday.
mesutilgim (73062) 2012-05-19 15:16
Hello dear George,
Good pov, good layout, good ligth management and perfect sharpness.
Agaian a perfect TE entry with many good and usefull notes.
TFS and best regards
jjcordier (67292) 2012-05-19 22:27
Un joli POV sur la vieille ville et une intéressante composition verticale. Ton travail de posttraitement a quand męme un peu dégradé la qualité du ciel.
dkmurphys (42567) 2012-05-20 10:52
Very beautiful panorama over the canal. I like the composition, lovely city.
Enjoy the evening.
Silvio1953 (105599) 2012-05-20 11:37
Ciao George, great perspective on lovely town, excellent clarity, splendid light and wonderful natural colors, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio
macjake (45588) 2012-05-20 12:24
its always interesting to see what you have in store here in Stockholm.
This is a very enjoyable composition and point of view of the city. Some of the city building Icon's are recognizable along the waterfront.
abmdsudi (32515) 2012-05-20 20:17
Quite appealing urban scene by the waterway revealing its attractiveness and nicely lit under clear blue sky. Those towers add strong focal into the composition and your viewpoint extends the depth into the background. Excellent colors, crispiness and general contrast. Great shot, Congrats
Graal (92174) 2012-05-21 0:03
Jķ napot George,
good shot from fine POV. Another nice view from Stockholm. Image is well composed. An interesting note, too.
Have a nice week.
holmertz (31340) 2012-05-21 11:51
I am glad you found this narrow path which is one of my favourite "trekks" of Södermalm. I will never get tired of the views from here. You have made a very good combination of the peculiar hose with the towers, the boat acnchored at the Söder Mälarstrand, and the Old town. Even if I didn't live here I would find this a very charming view.
- Copyright: George Rumpler (Budapestman) (82620)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2006-07-23
- Categories: Daily Life, Nature, Transportation, Architecture, Artwork
- Camera: Olympus C-310 zoom
- Exposure: f/4.1, 1/640 seconds
- More Photo Info: view
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Date Submitted: 2012-05-19 1:37