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Gammelstad Church Town

1 Kyrktorget, Lulea 954 33, Sweden
+46 920 45 70 10
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Take the guided tour

Walking around the town is nice but to get inside the church and cottages and hear about the... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Copenhagen, Denmark
Worth stopping on your way through

This was a nice place to walk around - historically interesting and nicely preserved. Very nice old... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Bend, Oregon
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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
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Walking around the town is nice but to get inside the church and cottages and hear about the history you really should take the guided tour. It's approx. 1 hour. Magical place in the snowy winter.

Thank Chedrey1910
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This was a nice place to walk around - historically interesting and nicely preserved. Very nice old church in the center of the settlement. Plenty of nice shops to browse or buy handicrafts. All in all, a nice place to stop if you're in the...More

Thank AKTraveler50
Reviewed 22 September 2017 via mobile

Worth the drive out from Lulea but don't expect to see much beyond a large collection of small, very old houses. Still a good perspective on northern sweden history

Thank TravelBarefootNow
Reviewed 19 August 2017

Older, historic settlement, scattered around an ancient church that formed the first Luleå town. It was strange to see what power the church had in the countries in the past! All the houses in the church town are painted in red, but with a slightly...More

Thank Hans-Otto L
Reviewed 21 July 2017 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

1  Thank jorgenlindahl
Reviewed 13 July 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 11 July 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 15 June 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

1  Thank JonDoe04134
Reviewed 17 May 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 14 March 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
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Response from JonDoe04134 | Reviewed this property |
Bus #9 towards Kyrkbyn, stops at Smedjegatan/City and Shopping in the centre.