Posted by: danielfee | April 14, 2012

Travel Photo of the Day 04-14-2012

Riddarholmen - Stockholm, Sweden

 

Riddarholmen, “The Knights’ Islet”, is a small islet which forms part of Gamla Stan, the old town in central Stockholm. It houses a number of private palaces dating from the 17th century. The main landmark is the church Riddarholmskyrkan (left rear in photo), the royal burial church since the 16th century and where a number of Swedish monarchs are buried. It is one of the oldest buildings in Stockholm, with parts of it dating to the late 13th century when it was built as a greyfriars monastery. After the Protestant Reformation, the building was transformed into a Protestant church. Other notable buildings include the Old Parliament Building (left foreground) in the south-eastern corner, the Old National Archive (center) on the eastern shore, and the so-called Norstedt Building (right), the old printing house of the publisher Norstedts, the tower roof of which is a well known silhouette on the city’s skyline.

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