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Old March 15th, 2013, 02:59 AM   #841
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Old March 15th, 2013, 08:11 PM   #844
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What an enjoyable thread on Skyscraper! Really enjoyed looking at all these amazing places which you showed. Thanks a lot!
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Beskidy highlands, Poland












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Old March 16th, 2013, 01:50 AM   #846
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Old March 16th, 2013, 02:40 AM   #847
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Eksjö - a town with the predominantly wooden architecture, located in Småland province, Jönköping county of Sweden:

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Old March 16th, 2013, 04:04 AM   #848
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Another cozy place in Sweden is a city (actually, a small town) of Sigtuna.
Sigtuna is a locality situated in Sigtuna Municipality, Stockholm County, Sweden with 8.444 inhabitants in 2010. It is the namesake of the municipality even though the seat is in Märsta.
Sigtuna is, despite its small population, for historical reasons often still referred to as a city. Statistics Sweden, however, only counts localities with more than 10.000 inhabitants as cities.
Although less significant today, Sigtuna has an important place in Sweden's early history. It is the oldest city in Sweden, having been founded in 980. The history of Sigtuna before the 11th century, as described in the Norse sagas and other early medieval sources, can be found in the article Old Sigtuna.
Sigtuna has a picturesque medieval town centre with restaurants, cafes and small shops. The old church ruins, runic stones and "Stora Gatan" (Main Street) are popular attractions for tourists especially in summertime. The small streets with the low built wooden houses lead up to several handicrafts shops and the old tiny city hall, Sigtuna Rådhus. There are restaurants and a hotel (Stadshotellet) in the town centre.
Sigtuna is situated at the bay Skarven, stretching around Upplands-Bro and a part of Lake Mälaren.
Sigtuna was founded on what was then the shore of Lake Mälaren just over 1,000 years ago. It took its name from an ancient royal estate (see Uppsala öd) several kilometers to the west (see Fornsigtuna). Various sources claim King Eric the Victorious as founder while others claim King Olof Skötkonung.
It operated as a royal and commercial centre for some 250 years, and was one of the most important cities of Sweden. During a brief period at the end of the 10th and beginning of the 11th century, Sweden's first coins were minted here. The old church built in the 13th century by the Dominican order at the monastery still remains, and has had few restorations. The Dominican monastery played an important role in the Swedish Middle Ages and produced many important Church officials. Among them, many Swedish archbishops. Many church and monastery ruins still stand, and the old city structure has not been remodeled, as happened in many Swedish cities during the 19th and 20th centuries.
In 1187 Sigtuna was attacked by Curonian, Finnish and/or Oeselian raiders. According to the archaeologist Sten Tesch, excavations have not verified the traditions of destruction of the town. Sigtuna grew and prospered, but around the year 1300 it was surpassed in significance by Stockholm and Uppsala, and remained as a small town.
Sigtuna as it looked around 1700. Engraving from Suecia antiqua et hodierna.
The current coat of arms can be traced to the city's first known seal, dating from 1311. According to a legend (possibly inspired by the city arms) Sigtuna was once the Royal seat, but this can not be confirmed. The crown may also symbolize the large royal mint which was located in the city. The coat of arms is since 1971 valid for the much larger Sigtuna Municipality.
In the late 19th century, it still only hosted about 600 people, and was the smallest city in Sweden. The city remained insignificant until the second half of the 20th century. Much of the population growth can be related to Arlanda Airport, situated some 10 km from Sigtuna.

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The City hall/Stadshuset - the smallest city hall in Sweden:

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Sigtuna stadshus by Udo Schröter, on Flickr

St Olofs church ruin

St. Olof's Church was originally built around the year 1100 and it consisted of a main tower, chancel and nave. It was later extended, but the construction was probably interrupted when archbishop’s seat was moved to Gamla Uppsala in the 12th century.
St. Olof's church has been influenced by the Nidaros Cathedral in Norway, while the small tapering windows have an Anglo-Saxon style. The church is dedicated to the Norwegian viking Olaf Tryggvasson, king between 995-1000.
It is not certain by whom the church was built. Most probably it was authored by the Benedictines or local trade guild. Archaelogical excavations have revealed remains under the church, which are thought to have belonged to an even older stone church. It may have been one of the first built in Sweden.:

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St Olofs kyrkoruin | Sigtuna by PG63, on Flickr

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Sigtuna olofs by Udo Schröter, on Flickr

Storgatan - the main street in the city:

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Storgatan, Sigtuna by Mas Tok, on Flickr

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Sigtuna mainstreet by KayakHerb, on Flickr

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Old wooden houses in central Sigtuna by Tusken91, on Flickr

Just behind the corner:

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Sigtuna by Malcolm Bott, on Flickr

A cozy park, a promenade, places for the rest with some cafees are located just on the bank of the lake Mälaren:

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Sig-106 by mpaku2, on Flickr

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Sig-108 by mpaku2, on Flickr

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Mälaren by SallenK, on Flickr

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Mälaren wooden beach by SallenK, on Flickr

If you are very rich, you can buy a house in a cozy place:

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Sig-184 by mpaku2, on Flickr

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Lake Mälaren by Tusken91, on Flickr

Like in many places in Sweden, the one can see a lot of rune paintings around:

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Sigtuna (12) by garylambert74, on Flickr
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Old March 16th, 2013, 04:15 AM   #849
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Old March 16th, 2013, 04:40 AM   #850
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Quote:
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If you are very rich, you can buy a house in a cozy place:

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is this the place from "funny games" film? :P
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Old March 16th, 2013, 11:38 AM   #851
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is this the place from "funny games" film? :P
Nope, no scene was shot in Sweden for that movie.
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Old March 16th, 2013, 09:54 PM   #852
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Old March 16th, 2013, 10:16 PM   #853
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Those Sweden pics = awesome.
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More Sweden, if you don't mind.
Visby is a locality and the seat of Gotland Municipality in Gotland County, Sweden with 22.593 inhabitants, as of 2010. It is the only locality with historical city status on the island of Gotland; it is arguably the best-preserved medieval city in Scandinavia and has been named a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Among the most notable historical remains are the 3.4 km long stone wall called Ringmuren ("the Ring Wall"), that encircles the city and the old church ruins.
The name "Visby" comes from the Old Norse Vis, (genitive singular of Vi) meaning sacrificial place, and by, meaning "city".
Visby is a popular vacation destination for Scandinavians during the summer and receives thousands of tourists every year. It is by far the most populated locality outside the Swedish mainland, with more than 22 000 inhabitants. Visby is also the only municipality seat of Sweden that is accessible only by boat and air traffic.
Some affectionately call Visby the "city of roses and ruins" and natives to the island often just say "town".
In the first week of July, Visby is the scene of the Almedalen Week (Almedalsveckan), an important meeting place for everyone involved in Swedish politics. During the week, representatives from the major political parties in Sweden take turns giving speeches in the Almedalen park.
In August, the tourist season is at its peak. In week 32 from Sunday to Sunday, the annual Medieval Week (Medeltidsveckan) is held. During this time regularly dressed tourists are outnumbered by people dressed in Medieval costumes. The festival started in 1984. There are a variety of events: music, jesters, theater, a medieval market, jousting tournaments and much more. Visby is one of the smallest towns in Sweden that has its own university.

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Visby from above by Spellamina, on Flickr

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Visby harbor, Gotland, Sweden by arkland_swe, on Flickr

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Visby von oben, Gotland, Sweden by arkland_swe, on Flickr

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Utsikt över innerstan från klinten by Gotland.info, on Flickr

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Sunrise in Visby by Coppelano, on Flickr

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Sweden - Gotland by chrispeacey, on Flickr

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Visby, Gotland -8- by Francesco Ficarola, on Flickr

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Huset med målningarna (Muntheska huset), Visby Atterdag 6, Visby, Gotland by Bochum1805, on Flickr

The Cathedral of Visby:

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Visby, Gotland -4- by Francesco Ficarola, on Flickr

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Visby, Gotland -3- by Francesco Ficarola, on Flickr

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I hope I never get so old I get religious. by Christolakis, on Flickr

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Visby, Gotland by marcus.j, on Flickr

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S:t Hansplan, Visby, i snö by Gotland.info, on Flickr

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Gotland, Sweden by Ben124., on Flickr

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Visby, beach by mimmi, on Flickr

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Amazing Izborsk and Visby!

Folks, please, don't put more than 5/6 pics per post: my slow internet and the harmony of this thread thank.
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You Europeans, please answer me: what countries have officialy a club including the most beautiful villages/small towns?

*I know the case of France (Les Plus Beaux Villages de France), of Belgium (Les Plus Beaux Villages de Wallonie), of Italy (I Borghi Più Belli d'Italia) and recently of Spain (Los Pueblos Mas Bonitos de España).
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Durbuy (Wallonia, Belgium). They claim to be the "smallest town in the world"

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Krasnystaw, Poland

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Beskid Niski, Poland

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