Tuesday, May 16, 2006

The Old town part 2

The Schantzska house from 1650 is a beautiful house with german-dutch influences. Full of decorative small details it´s one of several eyecatching buildings around Stortorget (the big square). It´s also a myth about this particular house. As you can see there are symetrically placed stones around each window. The total amount of stones is 82 which is suppose to be the same number that got killed in Stockholms bloodbath in 1520.
The bloodbath came after the danish king Kristian II had invaded Stockholm. More can be read here about this story that is a big part of our history. The official amount is 94 people killed which makes a lot people doubt if the Schantzska house is a silent tribute to the bloodbath or not. But as all myths, we will never know, unless mythbusters from the discovery channel are interested = )

12 Comments:

At 12:52 PM, Blogger Cameron said...

this is like a history lesson :) i didnt know the thing about those stones.

niiiice.

 
At 3:05 PM, Blogger Mark said...

What terrific buildings, and a history lesson as well. Love it!

 
At 4:07 PM, Blogger Nuno said...

Hi alex, maybe the stones are an excuse from the architect of the house but they look pretty today, gave a unique appearance to the building.

 
At 10:14 PM, Blogger Kala said...

very nice colors - swedish buildings look very nice - and interesting story about that bloodbath - amazing how long ago that was! So much history to this city.

 
At 5:15 AM, Blogger Lisi said...

beautiful houses indeed. good post

 
At 5:29 AM, Blogger Kris said...

interesting post! wonderful architecture as well as tribute to the victims ..

 
At 5:41 AM, Blogger Mark said...

Arsenal or Barcelona?

 
At 6:52 AM, Blogger Cameron said...

hehe that's a good question mark. sweden wins in both cases ;)

 
At 6:43 PM, Blogger Sarah said...

Beautiful buildings and an interesting story!

 
At 12:35 PM, Blogger perle de rosée said...

Here renaissance hansa buildings. But with the colours it looks more like Austria as like other Baltikum towns with brick architecture. They are also well, but here the colors are something very special.

 
At 5:30 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Very nice site! »

 
At 12:58 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

best regards, nice info » »

 

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