Photographer's Note

If you wander aimlessly along the narrow lanes of Gamla stan, Stockholm's Old Town, you may by coincidence find yourself in this small square, called Bollhustäppan (meaning roughly 'The plot by the ball game buildings').

My last photo showed the oldest square in Gamla stan, Stortorget. This is almost certainly the newest square on "The Island Between the Bridges", created as recently as the 1960's.

In those days it still happened occasionally that a building was pulled down in the Old town. That's what happened here. Possibly it had been so neglected that it was beyond repair. But instead of building something new, the city planners created this square with a very small garden and a tiny "monument" which you can see in a WS.

The buildings seen here, located at Trädgårdsgatan (Garden Street), were built in the 17th or 18th centuries. The street as such was created in the 15th century when this area consisted mainly of gardens, including the kitchen garden of the Royal Palace.

In the mid-17th century two buildings for ball games were built here. One remains but was converted to a church for the city's Finnish Lutheran congregation already in 1725. Taking this photo I had my back to the Finnish church.

The wrought iron gate to the right was designed in 1967 by the artist Dagmar Lodén.

The main attraction for visitors to this square is probably a statue placed here in 1967. Please see it in the WS. Another WS shows a plain wall.

Clicking at Map: view will take you here.

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Additional Photos by Gert Holmertz (holmertz) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 11705 W: 564 N: 22496] (97572)
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