Stortorget (The Big Square) is a public square in Gamla Stan, the old town in central Stockholm. It is the oldest square in Stockholm, the historical centre around which the medieval urban conglomeration gradually came into being.
Number 22, the second building from the left to the right is from 1758 but is standing on medieval walls. It was occupied by the councillor Johan Berndes who developed the Swedish copper production in the 17th century, then by the Saxon Polycarpus Crumbügel, close friend to King Charles XI who caused the so-called Reduction when an important part of the Swedish nobility lost its estates (for which he was raised to peerage as Cronhielm). During an archaeological excavation in 1998, a vaulted chamber measuring 1.8×1.6 metres (approx. 5'11"×5'3") was discovered in the basement. It was supplied with a channel which is believed to have connected it to privies and kitchen sinks in the building. Along with some wooden tubes found near Kornhamnstorg, it is one of the few indications contradicting the traditional view of medieval Stockholm as a repulsive place where filth and refuse filled the streets.
The buildings on Number 18-20 were merged in the 17th century and subsequently named after Johan Eberhard Schantz, the secretary of Charles X Gustavus who also added the stepped gable and the grand portal on the left building. Parts of the interior still reflect the luxury which surrounded the royal secretary. The 82 white stones on Number 20, Ribbinska huset ("House of Ribbing") or Schantzka huset ("House of Schantz"), are occasionally said to symbolize the heads decapitated by the Danish king in 1520. The house was, however, built no later than 1479, when it appears in historical records. The former of the names refers to the councillor Bo Ribbing who gave the property to Schantz in 1627, who added the stones the following year.
The block on Number 14-16 is named after Æsculapius, the son of Apollo and the demigod of medicine, which reflects the presence of the "Raven Pharmacy" (Apoteket Korpen) at this address for more than 300 years. While still present on Västerlånggatan just a few blocks away, the pharmacy was originally settled on Stortorget in 1638 when the court pharmacist Philip Schmidt offered not only medicine at this address, but also assorted sweets and mulled wine. In the alley Solgränd, the initials of the pharmacist in 1764 and his wife are still found on the wall. The pharmacy was relocated to its present address in 1924.
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SWEETFREEDOM (24621) 2010-12-14 3:15
it seems a real Xmas postacrd with this beautiful place and the snow falling.
elenimahera (695) 2010-12-14 3:41
Very nice snowy Christmas picture!!!I like the point of view and your choice of b/w!!!
Have a nice day
snunney (100698) 2010-12-14 4:01
Good choice of black and white to emphasise the wintry atmosphere. Well balanced composition with lots of detail.
jhm (154508) 2010-12-14 4:03
You chose a black and white picture for these splendid facade picture.
One advice, placed the color picture as second image, than can every one make choice.
Excellent perspective and depth image, nice christmas atmosphere.
Composition and presentation are pleasant for look at.
Very well done, TFS.
JFS (32459) 2010-12-14 5:17
Your picture looks like a beautiful Christmas Card, an original and very well framed Card. This area is really cosy and your note is very interesting.
timecapturer (49288) 2010-12-14 6:51
magical snow scene, seems to be that half of Europe is covered in snow this winter! A well executed and imaginative shot, cleverly portrayed.
Nicou (144228) 2010-12-14 7:06
Sous la neige,a vec ces flocons, superbe iamge avec un beau sapin qu va blanchir au filt des heures, de tons gris doux, splendide compo.
Bravo et amitié
macjake (69131) 2010-12-14 8:20
i`ve been to Sweden, and i remember this area like it was yesterday. these buildings are very very colourful, so its strange to see them in black and white, but it looks great.
the snow falling adds the right mood too.
Budapestman (82620) 2010-12-14 12:22
a superb B&W photo of this historical square, the composition is attractive, beautiful impression, Tfs! Have a nice evening! Kellemes estét kívánok!
jjcordier (79297) 2010-12-14 22:11
Une très jolie composition noir et blanc avec ce bel effet créé par ces flocons et la jolie architecture des maisons de Stockholm en arrière plan.
emka (99931) 2010-12-14 23:36
The photo is five years old but it looks like made fifty years ago or more. Indeed, winter mood, rather gloomy, specially in this black and white option. It looks nice and interesting.
csabagaba (6636) 2010-12-15 6:10
Well done photo-retro, old atmosphere. The B & W solution here is fully recovered. Associated with a good frame and font felirít .. The picture had been made at any time. It's good. Damage the lens of water droplets.
Best regards, Csaba
paninho (2931) 2010-12-15 9:50
Belle photo de neige! L'endroit en plus est très plaisant! bon choix pour le noir et blanc! Bravo!
baddori (20151) 2010-12-15 13:13
A photo .. Stong.
A place with a fort ... important.
A place full of commerce and trade.
... A friendly light caresses the walls and fortified bastions
vasilpro (41533) 2010-12-15 15:32
Wonderful B&W composition, interesting architecture, beautiful wintry atmosphere, very nice POV.
Have a nice evening, Vasilis.
Longroute (19396) 2010-12-16 9:59
It looks like an old postcard. Well framed and with a lovely W&B toning.
AKITA (15125) 2010-12-16 20:02
a beautiful B&W winter shot of the wonderful and cheerful square,
falling snow feels so cold but the ambience of people with tree is very warm and joyful,
back lined old houses are lovely and attractive like illustrations in old book,
thank you for your excellent shot,
Schnappilic (9692) 2011-02-15 12:18
Foarte buna si de efect realizarea. Frumos oras Stockholm!
kiasari (62) 2011-02-22 2:03
I believe that sometimes colors distract the mind from the main message of a photo. As a B&W photos lover, I really like the black and white tones of this shot. Well done!