Photographer's Note

This photo was taken in Stockholm's Old Town, Gamla stan, located in the province of Uppland, but the two large buildings in the slightly hazy background are situated on Södermalm island in the province of Södermanland.

Otherwise this doesn't show anything special. I just liked the view down the hill between the old buildings and the pleasant atmosphere of early summer.

Actually, the slope isn't really as steep as it seems. It's mainly an effect of the camera lens. Click Map: view to see for yourself.

Some of my recent photos may have given you an impression of Södermalm as mainly an island of idyllic red wooden cottages. That is not quite the case.

The lower building seen here was built in the 1880's to house a lift. In those days many workers travelled by steam boats across Lake Mälaren to their jobs. One jetty was located next to this building and the lift brought the passengers 28 meters up the northern hill of Södermalm.

Trams and buses gradually changed the habits of commuters, and in 1937 the lift was closed. The building fell into disrepair but was eventually restored in the 1970's. A part of it was used as a concert hall. Today most of the premises are rented by private companies. The two lifts existing today are not available to the public, but the building is still know as "Mariahissen" (hiss = lift/elevator; Maria is the name of the district, derived from Maria Magdalena church).

The "palace" on top of the hill is the same as in this photo, taken from the opposite side (and in a very different light):

An alternative photo, taken 9 seconds later, is in the WS.

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Additional Photos by Gert Holmertz (holmertz) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 11804 W: 564 N: 22651] (98086)
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