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Lost in Gamla Stan by João Figueiredo

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Gamla Stan (Swedish for The Old Town) is the old town of Stockholm. Gamla Stan consists primarily of the island Stadsholmen. The surrounding islets Riddarholmen, Helgeandsholmen, and Strömsborg may also be included in some more wider definitions. The word “stan” is simply a contraction of the word “staden”, meaning “the town/city”.

The town dates back to the 13th century, and consists of medieval alleyways, cobbled streets, and archaic architecture. North German architecture has had a strong influence in the Old Town’s construction.

The name Stockholm originally referred to Gamla Stan only, but as the city expanded, the name now also refers several suburban areas and the metro region. The name Stockholm means “log island” in old Swedish. The previous capital of Sweden was located in Sigtuna. A thousand years ago Sigtuna had problems with armed gangs attacking the city. The situation became untenable and there was a need to find a new location for the capital city of Sweden. According to legend the leaders in Sigtuna then took a log of wood, cut out all the wood inside, filled it with gold, and let it float on the water. The log was floating on the water for several days and eventually hit land on the island where Gamla Stan today is located. The island was named Stockholm or log island, meaning the place where the log had hit ground. This is where they decided to found the new capital of Sweden. The island of Stockholm had the advantage that it was an island, easy to defend from armed gangs that could be thought to want to attack the city. It also had the advantage from a trade point of view, that it was situated just at the inlet of Lake Mälaren, a big lake very important to contemporary trade, from the Baltic.

A sculpture symbolizing the old log is today found at Stadshuset, the Stockholm City Hall.

Stockholm – Sweden

12-01-2013

Canon EOS 550D + 50mm lens + CPL filter
Panorama made with 2 HDR shots each one made with 3 exposures

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Coming from Portugal, established in Sweden since 2010. “I tell what I see, I see what I tell.”

Self tought. I am still learning, I allways will be! Landscapes and nature were, are and allways will be my favourite thing to shoot. Other motifs? Yeah, they will come as well…

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Comments

  • RobynLee
    RobynLeeover 1 year ago

    Terrific! Love the perspective;it makes you feel like your’e there:-)

  • Thank you so much Robyn for such words and for the fave!! I liked it very much as well! :)

    – João Figueiredo

  • Mark Williams
    Mark Williamsover 1 year ago

    Nice shot Joao….Interesting write up, I have learned something today : )

  • Well, that’s just awesome! Allways great to teach something to someone! :) Thansk so much for the visit and for those words!

    – João Figueiredo

  • dgscotland
    dgscotlandover 1 year ago

    Works well mate.

  • Thanks Derek! :)

    – João Figueiredo

  • zumi
    zumiover 1 year ago

    nice shot and pov.

  • Thank you so much! Trully appreciated!!

    – João Figueiredo

  • João Figueiredo
    João Figueiredoover 1 year ago

    Congratulations!!

    You have just been featured on Northern Landscape group!

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  • lorilee
    lorileeover 1 year ago

    Congratulations!! Your WONDERFUL image is being
    FEATURED in the group, “Cover Shots!!”

  • Thank you so very much lorilee!! Trully appreciated for the feature!!

    – João Figueiredo

  • Janone
    Janoneover 1 year ago

    Very nice streetscene, Joao, but you should have removed the debris first.. haha

  • NOT MY PROB!!! ahahahahah thanks so much Jan! :) Have a great evening!

    – João Figueiredo

  • John44
    John44over 1 year ago

    What a stunning image João

  • Thank you so much for those nice words John!! Much appreciated!

    – João Figueiredo

  • Dean Cunningham
    Dean Cunninghamover 1 year ago

    very well taken mate – the colour of those buildings is awesome !

  • Cheers Dean!! Much appreciated for those nice compliments! Thanks for the fave as well!

    – João Figueiredo

  • paintingsheep
    paintingsheepover 1 year ago

    Very beautiful work!

  • Thank you so very much!

    – João Figueiredo

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