Trädgårdsgatan and Stortorget in the Old Town of Stockholm, Sweden

A block to the south of Slottsbaken is Trädgårdsgatan (Garden Street) named after the Royal Gardens that were formerly maintained there. A small public square called Bollhustäppan (Ball House Square) may be entered from Trädgårdsgatan where the diminutive statue of Järnpojke (“Iron Boy”) sits staring at the moon. Visitors leave coins and sweets for Järnpojke and rub his head in the belief that doing so will insure a return visit to Stockholm. A short distance away is Stortorget (The Big Square) with colorful buildings, the Stock Exchange Building, and a well. The Stock Exchange Building was built in 1773-1776 and now is home to the Swedish Academy, the Nobel Museum, and the Nobel Library.

Trädgårdsgatan

Trädgårdsgatan

SOURCE: Trädgårdsgatan (Stockholm, Sweden), photographed by Stephen J. Danko on 04 Aug 2010.

Järnpojke

Järnpojke

SOURCE: Järnpojke (Stockholm, Sweden), photographed by Stephen J. Danko on 04 Aug 2010.

Stortorget

Stortorget

SOURCE: Stortorget (Stockholm, Sweden), photographed by Stephen J. Danko on 04 Aug 2010.

The Stock Exchange Building

The Stock Exchange Building

SOURCE: The Stock Exchange Building (Stockholm, Sweden), photographed by Stephen J. Danko on 04 Aug 2010.

Copyright © 2010 by Stephen J. Danko

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