Photographer's Note

Architecturally Stockholm’s City Hall is one of Sweden’s foremost examples of “national romanticism”. After twelve years of construction overseen by architect Ragnar Östberg, the building was inaugurated on Midsummer’s Eve in 1923. More than 8 million bricks were used in the building of City Hall. The City Hall Tower topped by three crowns, the Swedish national coat of arms, rises 106 meters above the edifice.

City Hall’s largest banquet room is the Blue Hall. Original plans called for the bricks in the hall to be painted blue but the architect had a last-minute change of heart and chose to keep the natural red color of the bricks instead. At this point however the name Blue Hall was so firmly established that it was too late to change, so the name remained despite the fact that the hall isn’t blue at all.

The walls of the Golden Hall are covered with more than 18 million glass and gold mosaic pieces, the work of artist Einar Forseth. Using a Byzantine inspired style the mosaics depict portraits of historical figures and events in Swedish history. (text taken from

Tre Kronor which means Three Crownes is a national symbol of Sweden. Nominally they are three coronets ordered two above one which is present in the Coat of Arms of the Realm of Sweden. The crowns sat on top of the old royal palace in Stockholm, which was hence called Tre Kronor, and which burned down in 1697. Later, they were reinstated on top of the tower of Stockholm's City Hall, and (to some controversy) have come to symbolize Stockholm as well as Sweden as a whole. (text taken from

This photo was taken from Riddarholmen in July 1997. Scanned from slide (Fuji Sensia) and PP on highlights and shadows, levels (red), noice reduction and sharpening. In 2000 I received my university degree in the Blue Hall.

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