Sunday, 3 November 2013

Stortorget - Malmö's historic main square

Stortorget ("the big square") has since its founding in 1538 been the main square in Malmö. For a long time the 2,500 square metres also was the largest square in Scandinavia. Several notable buildings, including the Town Hall, surround the Stortorget. In the middle of the square stands the equestrian statue of King Charles X Gustav, who took Scania (Skåne) from the Danes through the treaty of Roskilde in 1658.

The square is often used for large scale public outdoor events, including the annual Malmö Festival.

This is how Stortorget looked in the year 1900:

And this is how Stortorget looked yesterday:

Here is a picture from another part of the square. On the right side of the yellow building is the neo renaissance style house built by the owner of the Leijonet ("The Lion) pharmacy in 1896:

Stortorget seen from the Town Hall:

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