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Address: Kyrktorget 1, Lulea 954 33, Sweden
Phone Number: +46 920 45 70 10
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Description: Of Sweden's 71 original church towns, only 16 are left today. The majority...
Of Sweden's 71 original church towns, only 16 are left today. The majority of these have been reduced to a remnant. Gammelstad has the country's largest and best preserved church town with 408 cottages comprising 553 rooms. The church town presumably arose from a combination of several factors: the long distances, merchants' needs for storage and accommodation at the marketplace, the church stables and last but not least the population's duty to attend church regularly. The oldest mention of Gammelstad Church Town is in Johannes Bureus' depiction of his visit here at Christmas 1600: "All farmers have their cottages near the church at a place they call The Hill". Unfortunately Bureus does not mention the age of the church town, but the first cottages were presumably built in the mid-16th century. Gammelstad Church Town was put on the UNESCO World Heritage List on 7 December, 1996.The World Heritage Committee's reasoning was as follows: "Gammelstad Church Town is a remarkable example of the traditional church town of northern Scandinavia. It admirably illustrates the adaptation of conventional urban design to the special geographical and climatic conditions of a hostile natural environment." The World Heritage area includes the church itself, surrounded by the Church Town, the well-to-do areas, the public buildings and certain sections of the more recent permanent buildings.The church town tradition, i.E. The custom of spending the night in church cottages in connection with church weekends, was a decisive factor for conferring world heritage status.
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History behind the church town

Make sure you know the history behind the town. Why it was builded. Some owners are open to show their cottage.

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 8, 2015
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Gotland, Sweden
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2015

There are over 400 wood buildnings surrouding the old church from 17 th century. Gammelstad churchtown is a nice little town, almost abandoned from the 19 th century. Since the town move almost the same time the church was finished some things have not changed. The small cottages have been used (and are in some cases in still use) for... More 

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barcelona
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 8, 2015

Make sure you know the history behind the town. Why it was builded. Some owners are open to show their cottage.

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Kinnelon, New Jersey
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2015

This world heritage site is a very good thing to see. It is the site of old Lulea. A true market town with an amazing old church built around the time of the reformation. The day we were there the organist was playing. It was quite wonderful.

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Lulea
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14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015 via mobile

Very nice place to go for a stroll around the small church houses and the church is very nice too. Good area for kids to play at "Hägnan" and a good cosy place for a picknick in the sun. Otherwise nice familiar café

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Breda, The Netherlands
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 15, 2015

Sure, if you are passing through, it's worth stopping for 5 minutes to see the church (although there was nothing too unique about it). When we stopped in and asked what there was to see around town, even the man at the tourist information center for Gammelstad thought for a while, shrugged his shoulders, and said 'Not much, I guess... More 

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Stockholm County, Sweden
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 14, 2015

Fantastic! So beautiful and we lost track of the time. After two hours of fun we ate some wonderful elk in a restaurant!

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New Brunswick
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 12, 2015

This UNESCO site is only about 8km from town. take the no9 bus (runs everyhour in the winter) and it takes about 25minutes. In the winter an hour (ie get the next bus back) was sufficient time to look around the town, visit the church and have a brief look in the gift shop.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2014

We baptist our sixth grandchild in the Church,and meanwhile we walk around the Church village, and it was really a experiece, we can really recomend a visit.

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San Francisco
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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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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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