Photographer's Note

Brända Tomten (The Burnt Lot) is a small, triangular public square in Gamla Stan, the old town in central Stockholm.

A building, which located in the corner between the streets Kindstugatan and Själagĺrdsgatan destroyed by fire in 1728, was apparently not rebuilt for a few decades, which gave first the lot and then the open space their names. The turning radius of horse-drawn vehicles made open spaces necessary, and the city architect Johan Eberhard Carlberg (1683-1773) in 1734 mentions having proposed a turning space on the location two years earlier, on a plan naming the space Eckmarcks afbrände tomt ("Ekmarck's burnt-out lot"). Though the space is not named on maps dated 1733 and 1770, the population register of 1760 names it Brända tomten. Today a chestnut tree is growing in the square.

In summer there are few benches under a chestnut tree and an ivy hanging from the surrounding façades makes the space a lush, relaxed spot. During summers, a network of storytellers gather around the benches to tell their stories both to enthusiasts and passers-by.

Behind the yellow façade directly facing the square, are several merged properties hiding medieval remainders and records of tenants and proprietors back to the 16th century. Over the portal of Själagĺrdsgatan 3 (the red house on the right hand in the photo) is a cartouche carrying the inscription IAC BSD, the initials of an unknown couple who occupied the building in 1643. While the façade is from the 19th century, the basement is from the medieval era and the decorated ceiling is from the 17th century.

The famous Swedish author August Strindberg wrote a chamber play named 'Brända tomten', possibly inspired by the site.
The photo would certainly be more attractive, if shot in summer. Also most photos from Brända tomten, which I have seen, are shot from the opposite direction. Therefore I decided to upload this, taken on a cold late March day, fortunately a sunny one.

Geocode: 59.324876,18.073057

The satellite view of Google map is somewhat inaccurate. You can see a more detailed view here.

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