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Saint Nicolaus Church

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Sankt Nikolai kyrka (Saint Nicolaus Church), most commonly known as Storkyrkan (The Great Church) is the oldest church in Gamla Stan, the old town in central Stockholm, Sweden.

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A: Storkyrkan

by Tomek Bialek, less than 10 meters away

Nice sunset at Storkyrkobrinken in Stockholm

Storkyrkan

B: Stockholm Royal Palace

by Lennart Mollerstrom, 50 meters away

Stockholm Royal Palace is the official residence of the monarch of Sweden. It stood completed in 1760...

Stockholm Royal Palace

C: Stockholm Cathedral

by Lennart Mollerstrom, 50 meters away

Storkyrkan in English "The Great Church" but the official name is "Sankt Nicolai Kyrka" or in English...

Stockholm Cathedral

D: Stockholm Cathedral

by Kah Wai Lin, 50 meters away

Stockholm Cathedral

E: King's palace in Gamla Stan

by Min Heo, 60 meters away

King's palace in Gamla Stan

F: Stockholm Cathedral

by Lennart Mollerstrom, 60 meters away

Storkyrkan in English "The Great Church" but the official name is "Sankt Nicolai Kyrka" or in English...

Stockholm Cathedral

G: The Royal Palace, Stockholm, Sweden

by Jozef Kokes, 60 meters away

The Royal Palace is the official residence and major royal palace of the Swedish Monarch. It is locat...

The Royal Palace, Stockholm, Sweden

H: Royal Palace, Stockholm, Sweden

by Henk Keijzer, 70 meters away

Royal Palace, Stockholm, Sweden

Royal Palace, Stockholm, Sweden

I: A ordinary side street in Gamla Stan

by Min Heo, 80 meters away

A ordinary side street in Gamla Stan

J: In front of the palace

by Min Heo, 80 meters away

In front of the palace

This panorama was taken in Sweden, Europe

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Text by Steve Smith.

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