Sunday, November 02, 2014

Some quotes on Stockholm from Things seen in Sweden (1915) by W. Barnes Steveni

Some quotes on Stockholm from Things seen in Sweden (1915) by W. Barnes Steveni

2014.10.31-IMG_2599Besides the old town, in which the Royal Castle, the Customs House, and many Government buildings stand, there are other islands of interest historically : the Riddarholmen, the island of the Knights, where their church is built; the Heligeandsholmen, the island of the Holy Ghost; the Blasie-holmen, Skepps-holmen (Ships' Isle), Kastell-holmen (Castle Island) all these are part of Old Stockholm. This is separated from the newer portion by the rapid Strom, crossed by the Norrbro (North Bridge). Opposite this bridge is the stately Royal Palace. The bridge was formerly crowded with shops and cafes, where the writer has spent many a happy hour. (p. 138)

2014.10.31-IMG_2599The Royal Palace, begun by Charles XII. near the site of the old Palace (the Three Crowns), which was destroyed by fire in 1697, and completed during the reigns of Gustavus III. and his successors, is in the Italian Renaissance style, and must be acknowledged as the grandest building in Stockholm. Here the Bernadottes, who have done so much to restore the fortunes of the country, dwell in peace, and rule according to the fundamental laws of the ancient kingdom. (p. 165)

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