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Gammelstad Church Town

1 Kyrktorget, Lulea 954 33, Sweden
+46 920 45 70 10
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When in Luleå - this is a must

Very cozy and very unique. Don't miss the guided tour, it will enhance the experience since there... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Lars S
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A must see piece of history

If you only have a day in this area you must go to Gammelstad and spend at these a couple of hours... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
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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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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Very cozy and very unique. Don't miss the guided tour, it will enhance the experience since there is so much history. Take the bus from city center and spend two hours minimum here for visiting the village and if you have the time there is...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

If you only have a day in this area you must go to Gammelstad and spend at these a couple of hours. We only had an hour and it wasn’t long enough. They have wonderful audio tours of the church and the houses surrounding it....More

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

very interesting place, Gammel stad with its small red houses and the great church in the mittle. Beautiful church

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The concept of a church town is an interesting piece of history. There are others in the area but this one is (apparently) the best preserved. It is certainly very big comprising many tiny houses. There is a good level of interpretation (in English). It...More

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Reviewed 15 July 2018

Revisited and got a bit disappointed. It is not the only church town in the area but the one that got on the UNESCO list. Very nice to stroll around but a single house is open. The souvenir shop charges 50-80% more for local products...More

Thank Nubus
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Reviewed 14 July 2018 via mobile

Nice area and a part of the world heritage. It is a small old village with simple old fashioned houses and and old church and graveyard. We went for the flea market , and it was ok. Nice old fashioned cafe and some small shops...More

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Reviewed 6 July 2018 via mobile

This church town is a very interesting place and well worth a visit. In earlier times, families of surrounding farms couldn’t make it to the church and back home in one day, so they built cottages around the church in which they stayed over the...More

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Reviewed 6 July 2018 via mobile

Oh this was such a lovely place to visit. Children were also interested to see how people lived when mommy was young. 😅😂 Lots to see, nice cafes to have a snack or light lunch. Pigs,horses,chickens to see for kids. If you're in Luleå don't...More

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Reviewed 19 June 2018 via mobile

We visited this charming village the day before we were due to attend a wedding in the church. The visitor centre is a must visit to get all the information about the history of the town. You can do a walking tour which takes about...More

Thank Louise B
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Reviewed 16 June 2018

The visit to the UNESCO listed World Heritage church town with its late medieval church was a complete disaster! My recommendation is not to go there at all, since the church and other (old) buildings belonging to the Church Town most likely are occupied. The...More

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Bus #9 towards Kyrkbyn, stops at Smedjegatan/City and Shopping in the centre.
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