Photographer's Note

‘Stockholm - Strandvägen, unparalleled in Europe’

Thanks to its wide waterfront explanade with boats all the way at one side and with gorgeous architecture at the other side, Strandvägen in the Östermalm district is one of the most prestigious and pleasant boulevards in Stockholm.

Its length is about 1,2 kilometer and it connects Nybroplan in downtown Stockholm with the Djurgårdsbron (the bridge you can see on the picture).
The picture is taken from on Djurgården island. In the workshop you find a second pic of Strandvägen, a view of the other end.

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In the mid 19th century Strandvägen was known as Ladugårds Strandgata (Barn beach street).
It was an unappealing, muddy street with dilapidated houses built along an old wooden quay.
When the Nibrokajen, the quay on the east side of the street was in need of repair, the suggestion was made to build a new, wide and modern quay all the way to the Djurgården bridge. This plan revived an old idea to turn the Ladugårds Strandgata into a prestigious boulevard, Strandvägen.

In 1861, after long discussions, the king approves the creation of Strandvägen. The goal was to create a street 'unparalleled in Europe', and have it completed before the inauguration of the Arts and Craft Exhibition of 1897, held in Djurgården. Construction started the following year and fifteen years later, with the planting of three rows of lime trees, the 35 meter wide street was completed. Strandvägen became one of the city's most desirable addresses and developers built magnificent mansions designed by some of the country's best architects.

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Additional Photos by Paul VDV (PaulVDV) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6234 W: 22 N: 14735] (58483)
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