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Gammelstad Church Town

1 Kyrktorget, Lulea 954 33, Sweden
+46 920 45 70 10
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Enjoy the mix of old and new!

It is really nice with an "old" charm. You will learn the history and how the people lived back... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
via mobile
Interesting for historical reasons and more

Its a charming little area. I didnt go to the museum but I spent time walking around and chatting... read more

Reviewed July 12, 2017
New Delhi, India
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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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1 Kyrktorget, Lulea 954 33, Sweden
+46 920 45 70 10
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

It is really nice with an "old" charm. You will learn the history and how the people lived back then. Further will you have a great possibility to purchase hand crafted gifts and also collects some Pocemon Go. It was really fun for the kids,...More

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Reviewed July 12, 2017

Its a charming little area. I didnt go to the museum but I spent time walking around and chatting with someone who actually lives there. Great historical place - these were temporary weekend homes for people coming to church from near and far farms. Therefore...More

Thank Monixana
Reviewed July 11, 2017 via mobile

Beautiful UNESCO heritage site "church town". Well worth of seeing. The old 15th century church, surrounding cottages -count over 400- and town plan are well preserved and restored.

Thank FINtommi
Reviewed June 14, 2017

I don't have to write about how unique and beautiful this place is, you can see that from the pictures. But once you're there, do take the guided tour. Lots of interesting info and stories in an extremely pleasant atmosphere. Thanks Julia! I had planned...More

Thank JonDoe04134
Reviewed May 17, 2017

The church and the surrounding huts are an absolut must see.The interior of the church is interesting and there was somebody present you could ask about all you want to know. Walk around the place between the huts and have a look at the exhibition...More

Thank andrejauch
Reviewed March 14, 2017

Visited gammelstad without much expectations but luckily there was a retired guide lady that explained all the history of the church and the town itself. Turned out to be very interesting.

Thank Gonçalo C
Reviewed March 10, 2017 via mobile

We we're fortunate enough to be visiting this place with native Swedes, so we got a better understanding than probably if you went on your own. You're free to just walk around the village and take lots of pictures of the pristine red houses and...More

Thank RRG16
Reviewed February 19, 2017

Historic area in scenic area. Photographic experience. Functional church in use for weddings and routine services. Accessible by hourly bus service from Lulea. Wear gripping shoes in winter.

Thank Mark H
Reviewed February 11, 2017 via mobile

The site looks really lovely, not many people at this time of year, definitely worth visiting. Charming wooden houses and the church above them.

Thank Eliza G
Reviewed January 28, 2017 via mobile

We visited in January 2017 and the village was pretty deserted but beautiful in the snowy landscape. The cottages are ancient but extremely well preserved. There was a service for a christening in the church and we were able to observe, delightful. We didn't stay...More

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