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Stortorget Square

Listed under Squares, Streets & Urban Spaces in Stockholm, Sweden.

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Stortorget is the small public square in Stockholm's historic heart.The Stock Exchange building takes up one whole side of the square, but inside it are the Swedish Academy and the Nobel Museum and Nobel Library.  The exchange went up towards the end of the 18th Century replacing a series of town halls that had taken that spot since the middle ages.  At number 3 is the Grill House, named after an important local family.  These days it's a bluish shade with a rather grand roof, but when it was built in the 1640s it had a simpler design.  It's now used as a mission for the homeless.  Number 7 is also used for charitable functions, as well as having a small museum about the city.  

The western edge has residential properties – but really old ones at that.  If you wander around this area you might notice you're gravitating westward – it's not you, this land is still sloping that way.  

Every Christmas the square is colonised by a huge traditional market 

Written by  Andrew Mccabe.

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