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Gammelstad

Listed under History in Norrland, Sweden.

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‘Church towns‘, where parishioners spent most of the week living on farms and travelled into town only to attend church on Sunday and stayed the night in their ‘town house’, huddled close to the church, were once common in Sweden. Of the 70-odd towns designed like this only around 15 remain, one of the best examples being Gammelstad. Here the church was built in the 15th Century of stone, but the 400 odd buildings which surround it were built of wood.

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“Gammelstad Church Village”

Gammelstad, at the head of the Gulf of Bothnia, is the best-preserved example of a 'church village', a unique kind of village formerly found throughout northern Scandinavia. The 424 wooden houses, huddled round the early 15th-century stone church, were u… Read more...

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