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Gammelstad World Heritage

by Harry Mitsidis - 4 years, 10 months ago

One of the lesser known and visited UNESCO World Heritage Sites is in northern Sweden, 10 kms outside the town of Lulea. Note that most things here open around 10 and close by 4 or 5 pm. Gammelstad is called a 'church' town, as it is a collected of houses centered around a main church. These are made traditionally by wood. As the UNESCO site states: 'The 424 wooden houses, huddled round the early 15th-century stone church, were used only on Sundays and at religious festivals to house worshippers from the surrounding countryside who could not return home the same day because of the distance and difficult travelling conditions.' I can't really say that this is the most interesting, or even necessarily worthy, of the UNESCO sites, but it makes a nice diversion if you are in the area.


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