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Highlands, North Carolina
April 27, 2010
From journal Sweden in Spring
Ciudad Juarez, Mexico
September 18, 2005
History and Background - Interestingly, in its current incarnation, Stadshuset is a relative youngster in Stockholm, having been constructed in the 1910s and 1920s. Not only is Stadshuset the most famous of Stockholm landmarks, it houses the Council Chamber used for regular meetings of Stockholm's City Council. It also is home to the Blue Hall (which is red, not blue) where the Nobel Prize Banquet is held each December. What a truly multi-functional building!
The Courtyard - After entering some massive double wooden doors, we found ourselves inside of a large courtyard, with arched entryways overlooking the water on one side and ivy-covered walls on the other. The impressive scale of the structure is even more evident from within the courtyard!
The Tower - Having a six-year-old in tow, I knew it would be challenging to see all that Stadshuset had to offer, so I opted to tour just the Tower and its accompanying Tornmuseet. The Tower itself is 106 meters or nearly 350 feet tall (equivalent to a 35-story building). The helpful Stockholm Card saved us 20SEK in admissions cost. Needless to say, we were not disappointed. When you first pass the entry desk, you have the option to take an elevator to the middle level, where the museum is, or take the stairs. We opted for the stairs, since the climb itself is half the fun. At the museum level, we saw some statuary and sculptures. We continued to the top of the Tower, which required us to circumnavigate the interior several times on a gently inclining ramp. Finally, at the top, we were rewarded with spectacular views of the city. A must-see attraction!
Official City Hall Website
From journal Scandinavian Wonderland - Superb Stockholm
September 16, 2005
From journal Serendiptiously Stockholm
Todmorden, England, United Kingdom
October 12, 2002
It is one of the few places that I know which makes use of numerous older architectural styles but where they are enhanced rather than spoilt by the modern materials and designs which transform them into a truly magnificent 20th century building.
It is perhaps not surprising that Prince Eugene's frescoes appear to advantage here, but for 17th century French tapestries to look as though they were intended to be in such a modern building is a mark of the success of the architect.
The golden hall and the so-called blue hall (where there is some blue but the predominant colour is red!) are both magnificent. The latter is associated with Nobel prizegivings and we could only believe that this was a worthy setting for great people to be so honored.
From journal Stock holm - a few impressions