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 While no historical documents knows to tell when or why the decision was taken to develop the eastern waterfront of Stadsholmen in accordance to the pretensions of a nation becoming a Great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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kasianowak (10021) 2012-12-20 1:06
Well presented contrast between the dark, snow-covered ship, in the once important, now hardly used shipyard remaining in shadow and the colourful houses of the Gamla Stan and blue sky in the distance.
npecanhuk (76927) 2012-12-20 2:41
Interesting and attractive picture specially for its vertical format, chosen pov and composition!
carlo62 (53282) 2012-12-20 3:02
la composizione presenta l'antico ed il nuovo, la tradizione ed il presente.
Molto bella per presentarci la città con un'ottima nota di accompagnamento.
delpeoples (59434) 2012-12-20 3:38
Ciao dear Daniel
Another very artistic photo. Not having seen snow many times in my life, snow shots always fascinate me. I love how it has created its own graphism and has clung to the contours of the ship. Excellent work with the tight cropping and large white frame.
Thanks for sharing, have a lovely day
snunney (104729) 2012-12-20 3:50
The image is well composed offering us this interesting contrast between the ships' prow and the attractive buildings in the background. I like the moody subdued lighting and the wintry atmosphere.
timecapturer (49288) 2012-12-20 4:08
like the composition here, it is intriguing and the snow makes it so beautiful as it softens the lines and adds that little touch of winter magic. A magnificent ship's prow set against some magnificent looking buildings.
Regards - Brian.
CLODO (35362) 2012-12-20 4:42
this boat covered of snow invites us to visit this city!
Good summary of this town!
Nicou (148498) 2012-12-20 5:10
avec la neige, quelle forme se museau de bateau superbe captage et forme arrondie, magnifique ensemble.
Bravo et amitié
Sergiom (86039) 2012-12-20 5:22
J'aime beaucoup ce point de vue, presque caché derrière la proue du bateau typique de cette région. La lumière de fin de journée est du plus bel effet.
claudeD (40856) 2012-12-20 6:14
very fine picture from STockholm with a very good framing and showing a very calm and cool winter atmosphere.Very good contribution to TE.TFS.
With regards from Luxembourg
holmertz (57389) 2012-12-20 8:07
It may interest you to learn that this "Viking Ship" was destroyed by a fire in April 2007, so this photo now shows a bit of Stockholm history. It's a fine composition with good colours of mid-winter. From the thumbnail I first thought this was a gondola in Venice. After all, Stockholm is sometimes known (at least by Swedes) as the "Venice of the North".
JFS (32459) 2012-12-20 9:34
I see that your shot is quite old, but as Stockholm looks always the same is still good. I like it very much, nice composition and light despit the lack of sun.
adramad (48426) 2012-12-20 13:03
A nice composition with good POV, with good contrast between the bow and the building line, snow winter gives a nice touch.
jjcordier (79297) 2012-12-20 21:28
Ce "dragon" enneigé semble vouloir dévorer les bâtiments de la ville. Très bonne composition.
danos (101794) 2012-12-20 22:38
Good morning Daniel,
excellent the placement of the figure of the Skeppsbron to dominates the scene as outlined perfect against the facades of the waterfront houses of the city.The snows which cover the bridge is a good focal element of the image.
I wish for you and to your family wonderful and peaceful Christmas days,Danos
jhm (157892) 2012-12-21 3:54
Lovely decorative picture with this part of the boat.
Nice perspective and depth picture, also a nice background image.
Excellent presentation, sharpness and clarity be superb. TFS.
Have a nice weekend,