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Gammelstad Church Town

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Address: 1 Kyrktorget, Lulea 954 33, Sweden
Phone Number: +46 920 45 70 10
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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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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.

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 26 September 2016
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Holland, Michigan
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 October 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 it interesting and a great place to walk around. We took a city bus from... More 

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Jamshedpur, India
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 September 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.

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Gavle, Sweden
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 September 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.

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Yogyakarta, Indonesia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 September 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 Raindeer meal, but may be next time. Althoiugh the cabins where small, at least it... More 

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Germany
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 September 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 constant use by weddings - I didn't manage to see the inside when I was... More 

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Karlsruhe, Germany
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 August 2016

It's a really nice place for taking an afternoon walk, just don't expect too much. There are beautiful old houses, a garden, playground, .... But everything was quite deserted when we were there. All places (except the tourist office) were closed, no cafés there or anything. Still it's a nice and relaxed atmosphere for spending some time, when there is... More 

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Vaasa, Finland
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 July 2016

The Gammelstad of Luleå is a nice place to visit but as i was visiting the place in the late afternoon there really were no services available. A cup of coffee and an ice cream in the old town would've been nice to have.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 July 2016 via mobile

Lots of small woodentreehouses around a big church. This is a world heritage. You can walk around and look into the windows to see how it look long ago. Very well preserved and there are still people living there. Good information on the houses in both swedish and english. A very nice gift/souvenire shop closeby.

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Hamburg, Germany
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 July 2016

Just happened to pass by looking for a break from long driving. Found this small historic village. Visited the old church. Interesting pulpit from the end of 17th. century. The tourist shop at the parking lot samples the usual tourist knick knack, but for surprisingly low prices, considering to be in Scandinavia. Also some products of Lapp/Sami origin. Oh well.... More 

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Lulea, Sweden
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 July 2016 via mobile

A church built the same year Columbus came to america. Fantastic that IT is in such a good shape. ....

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