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Skeppsbron (Swedish: "The Ship's Bridge") is both a street and a quay in Gamla stan, the old town of Stockholm, capital of Sweden, stretching from the bridge Strömbron in front of the Royal Palace southward to Slussen.

Skeppsbron is mentioned as Stadzbron in 1592, skeepzbroon in 1647, and finally appears as Skeppsbron in 1961. While no historical documents knows to tell when or why the decision was taken to develop the eastern waterfront of Stadsholmen in accordance to the pretensions of a nation becoming a Great Power, it is known this development started during the 1630s and it is generally assumed the plan's originator was King Gustav II Adolf (1594–1632). The new street, built on land created by continuous fillings, was subsequently accrued to the city and old streets stretching from Österlånggatan to the old city wall, were extended down to the new street.

Poles associated with an old quay preceding the existing one have been found some hundred metres from the present quay. It was called Koggabron (see cog) or stadens allmänningsbro ("the city's common bridge").

The stone quay was not completed until 1854 by Nils Ericson. Today 'Skeppsbron' refers to the road passing over the quay, while the harbour area outside of it is called Skeppsbrokajen.

An old fish market, once found between today's Nygränd and Brunnsgränd, was the biggest market place in Gamla stan during the Middle Ages, at the time connected directly to Stortorget ("The Big Square"), the central market place, by mean of Köpmangatan ("The Merchant's Street"). The fish market was scrapped and replaced by a block during the 1520s.

Skeppsbron remained the vital centre for the local shipping business until the early 20th century. Though Kinnevik have been furnishing Skeppsbron with one of the world's biggest Christmas trees annually for ten years, Skeppsbron is today crossed by a major traffic route and is mostly sparsely used. Proposals have been brought forward to revitalize the area by adding new shopping areas, residential areas, and ferries.
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source: wikipedia

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