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2009-11-26

bloody façade

House on Stortorget, Old town. According to folklore, the number of white stones on the façade of this house equals the the number of people executed in the The Stockholm Bloodbath in November 1520.

Wikipedia: "The Stockholm Bloodbath took place as the result of a successful invasion of Sweden by Danish forces under the command of king Christian II. It culminated on the 8th when around 80-90 people, mostly nobility and clergy, were executed despite a promise by Christian for general amnesty."

In Sweden, king Christian II is nicknamed 'Christian the Tyrant'. In Denmark he is called 'Christian the Good'. How's that for two peace-loving countries in Scandinavia?

Stortorget (map) 18 October 2009

5 comments:

Vogon Poet said...

Let he who is without sin cast the first stone...

B SQUARED said...

Nice building but a tragic history.

Luis Gomez said...

Thanks for the info. Didn't know. I thinks we have way too many white stones everywhere.

Peter Fristedt said...

@ Luis Gomez: I like that, "We have way too many white stones everywhere". Well put.

JM said...

This is such a cool building! Love it!

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