Stadhuset: Traces of the Past Yr 3 No 7: Thursday’s Special

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Classified as one of the great architectural masterpieces of the 20th century the Stockholm City Hall (Stadhuset) is an example of a Revivalist building incorporating the National Romantic form, Nordic Gothic and Northern Italian styles. The architect was Ragnar Ostberg who designed it in 1908. Eight million bricks were used in its construction, which was commenced in 1911 and completed in 1923.

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It is perfectly situated on the edge of Lake Malaren on the island Kungsholmen. Although, by European standards, the building itself is not that old it does house in the Blue Hall  the oldest organ in Scandinavia, in the Gold Hall some Byzantine inspired wall mosaic made up of 18.6 million bits of glass and gold while in the oval room are a series of French tapestries over 300 years old.

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The tower is 106 metres in height and lots and lots of stairs eventually lead you to the fantastic view available from the top.

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The Nobel prize is award here in the blue room followed by a ball in the gold room. The council chambers are also here and the ceiling in this room is reminiscint of a long boat in the Viking style.

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In response to Paula’s Thursday’s Special.

About Irene Waters 19 Writer Memoirist

I began my working career as a reluctant potato peeler whilst waiting to commence my training as a student nurse. On completion I worked mainly in intensive care/coronary care; finishing my hospital career as clinical nurse educator in intensive care. A life changing period as a resort owner/manager on the island of Tanna in Vanuatu was followed by recovery time as a farmer at Bucca Wauka. Having discovered I was no farmer and vowing never again to own an animal bigger than myself I took on the Barrington General Store. Here we also ran a five star restaurant. Working the shop of a day 7am - 6pm followed by the restaurant until late was surprisingly more stressful than Tanna. On the sale we decided to retire and renovate our house with the help of a builder friend. Now believing we knew everything about building we set to constructing our own house. Just finished a coal mine decided to set up in our backyard. Definitely time to retire we moved to Queensland. I had been writing a manuscript for some time. In the desire to complete this I enrolled in a post grad certificate in creative Industries which I completed 2013. Commenced a masters by research in 2014.
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9 Responses to Stadhuset: Traces of the Past Yr 3 No 7: Thursday’s Special

  1. What a wonderful building. Thanks for including the history. Certainly gives a sense of ancestral dignity to the Nobel awards.

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  3. Paula says:

    Images # 6 and #8 tell me that you have climbed all the way to the top. I really like the look of Stadhuset and the view from its tower even more 🙂 Cheers, Irene. This is a fascinating share.

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  4. It is an awesome building and the plain like exterior was because the architect wanted it to look like a medieval castle, wasnt it? I almost felt like I had been to Egypt in the Golden Hall. So glad I visited it. Thanks for reminding me.

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