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Gammelstad Church Town

1 Kyrktorget, Lulea 954 33, Sweden
+46 920 45 70 10
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Nicely covered in snow

The site looks really lovely, not many people at this time of year, definitely worth visiting... read more

Reviewed February 11, 2017
Eliza G
via mobile
Beautiful in the snow

We visited in January 2017 and the village was pretty deserted but beautiful in the snowy... read more

Reviewed January 28, 2017
Shrewsbury, United Kingdom
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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 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

Thank Rooombiter
Reviewed January 1, 2017

A small village which is a Unesco world heritage site just outside Lelua, beautiful in summer or winter more so the latter, there is a christmas /Winter market there that is well worth a visit!

Thank ocbears
Reviewed December 19, 2016

You can feel the old Swedish history at this lovelly place. Old small buildings to see that also is on the list of world heritage. Very old and nice fine church to visit. Take your time, have a cup of coffe and just feel the...More

Thank kristinanilsson1
Reviewed December 12, 2016

Gammelstad Church Town is just outside of downtown Luleå and reachable by a couple of minutes drive from the city center. The Church Town itself consists of plenty of small cottages and cabins along several roads. Most of them painted red (the cottages, that is)....More

Thank A K
Reviewed October 12, 2016

This church from 1492 is impressive and well preserved. The Gammelstad Church Town is a UNESCO World Heritage site. The stone church is surrounded by 400 quaint cottages that were used for people to stay in who traveled to the church and festivals. We found...More

Thank bobbinrobin41
Reviewed September 26, 2016

Nice place with quiet atmosphere. Most of the houses were found to be empty. There is a small shop from where one can purchase souvenirs.

Thank erjonynita
Reviewed September 17, 2016

The whole town has an interesting history. We visited the tourist center to get some information and then the church which has a very interesting history. Everything is within walking distance.

Thank kamptz
Reviewed September 13, 2016

It is an unique experience to discover thi sold village that speaks for itself. The solid church and the small cabins. I love dthe shop with Lappish handicrafts, I coul dhave stayed there much llonger. The cafee already closed and I hoped for a solid...More

Thank tyraus
Reviewed September 10, 2016

This is a fascinating place and well worth a detour! You are free to wander around the little cottages, and there are some shops and a cafe, too (although with limited opening hours). If you visit on a Saturday afternoon, the church may be in...More

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Response from JonDoe04134 | Reviewed this property |
Bus #9 towards Kyrkbyn, stops at Smedjegatan/City and Shopping in the centre.