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Church Village of Gammelstad

Lulea, Sweden
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Ranked #1 of 12 Attractions in Lulea
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Historic Sites, Cultural
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Type: Historic Sites, Cultural

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San Francisco
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217 reviews 217 reviews
85 attraction reviews
179 helpful votes 179 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2014

What a great find. Beautifully kept, sleepy town where real people live and work. In September, the restaurants were closed but the positive part was complete lack of crowd. The tourist information center has a very good exhibit and a fabulous video. These two give a comprehensive history lesson of the place. The shop-in-lapland is a very good shop to... More 

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Carlsbad, California
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37 attraction reviews
46 helpful votes 46 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2014

It was about 8 kilometers from our hotel to Gammelstad so we took our car. There is an old stone church that dates from the 1500's and several hundred old red wooden houses that were used by people when they came to town for church. There is also an open air museum with several old buildings and people dressed in... More 

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Providence, Rhode Island
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2014

which happens to be the year Columbus discovered America or re-discovered it long after Leif Eriksson's first visit. The church village in Gammelstad is a must see when visiting the area. It is UNESCO world heritage site. World famous botanist Carl Linnaeus came to Gammelstad during midsummer in 1732. He wrote (loosely translated) "If the summers are shorter here than... More 

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Perth, Australia
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37 attraction reviews
58 helpful votes 58 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

I came here twice, once to tour the little village, and then that evening to attend a summer concert in the old church. I wasn't disappointed both times. I definitely recommend this world heritage site as a 'must do'. But time your visit so as to join a guided your. The staff put in a lot of effort to make... More 

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Perugia
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7 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014

This is a must see place. The church is nice and relatively rich of decorations. The old town nearby is lovely. Unfortunately the season is quite short, so check well in advance if you hope to find something open. We found a nice coffe house and one shop still open.

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Vercelli, Italy
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52 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014

Small beautiful church village near Lulea, Unesco world heritage, it's easy to reach by bus from Lulea, and I advice the guided tour at the local tourist office, the staff is well prepared and really nice and helpful

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Helsingborg, Sweden
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014

An interesting site to see, absolutely. But I doubt that you will spend hours strawling around this block, filled with little red cabins. A tip is to find a local guide or someone with historical knowledge to tell you more about Gammelstad, otherwise you might leave here without knowing what you really saw.

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Norwich
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2014 via mobile

Gammelstad in Lulea is just magnificent. The quaint little houses are awe inspiring to look at and the unforgettable architecture of the church blows the mind away. From the brilliant looking organs to the biblical depiction of Christ. If you had to go to one place in Lulea, it would be Gammelstad. It is unforgettable!

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

This is a calm and nice place to view one of the worlds culture heritage. The church is from 1494 and the village is built with small red cottages for the church visitors coming from far away. During the summer season there is also a car meet in the village, every Wednesday at 6 pm to around 9 pm. There... More 

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Keller, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014

I got to take a short visit to this nice place which happens to be one of UNESCO's World Heritage Sites. I didn't get to see the inside of the church but seeing the old village by foot is well-worth the walk.

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