Sunday, 12 October 2008

Gamlebyen i Fredrikstad - The Fortress Town # Part 1

The best preserved fortress town in the nordic countries is both vivid, charming and very interesting.
Not only is the Old Town Scandinavia´s best preserved fortress town, but it is also a dynamic quarter of the city. Within the frame of its ramparts the Old Town´s cobbled streets will take you past buildings from four centuries, intriguing small shops with designer goods, arts and crafts, furniture, food and curiosities. In the Tøihus you will find both Fredrikstad City Museum and the Tourist Information office. The flea market every Saturday on the town square is well worth a visit!























Year of construction 1667








Year of construction 1779

















To be continued

20 comments:

Ivar Ivrig said...

Excellent pictures. Well composed. Have a nice week :-)

Coca Cutie said...

You captured it so well!
Why arent there people on the streets?
I love that one whith the wood thing to put the neck and arms.

Marcos Santos said...

Hello John

Beautiful historic city.

In 1695, my country was not yet a country.

We were colony of Portugal and all our wealth was brought to Europe. Probably the fabrics dyed in red, with the tints extracted from the brazilwood, passed through this portal.

Um abraço
Marcos

ArneA said...

Marvelous photos. Especially those with the city / street perspective.
I remember we tried "gapestokken" when visiting the Old City around 1970. Seams we once more have to take another tour in your footsteps
:)

Lawstude said...

amazing. thank you for another fantastic glimpse on your part of the world. great job as always.

evlahos said...

a wonderful and interesting place must be. and you have captured perfectly

RuneE said...

A beautiful guide to a beautiful place. A work of detail and patience. I like (among other things!) the way the lighted lamps are included in the picture of the town square.

david mcmahon said...

Another great photo essay by you, John. You would enjoy visiting Quebec City.

Arija said...

Wonderful, wonderful post, a lovely historical walk through a place you obviously love. A town made for walking and drinking in the details. Going through the cobblestoned tunnel under the Gatehouse is a joy.

system operator said...

Very good photos, just superb quality. But most of all, it was fun to be part of this journey through town!

fishing guy said...

John: What a neat looking quaint town.

Randi said...

oi...jeg blir litt bekymret fordi jeg ikke ser ett eneste menneske her jeg...er det spøkelses byen....uhuuuu.:-) pussig greier egentlig, så mange flotte gate bilder og ikke ett eneste lite menneske...eller jo, nei det var bare en pinne.:-)
Vakre bilder uansett!!
Ha en flott uke start

mannanan said...

Stunning pictures.

Framed and Shot said...

Great photos! Do you work for the tourist office? Would have made a brilliant brochure!
The fact that there is no people walking around makes the focus so much stronger on the buildings and the small details in the street.
Great work!

starnitesky said...

Excellent photographs, a great place to visit.

Rose said...

I'm a little behind on visiting...I totally love this post. LOVE those cobbled streets!

Dragonstar said...

Beautiful! I love that first one - something about the light and the shapes really appeals to me.

Catherine said...

Wonderful visit. This city has kept its character, charm and identity.
Do you know Bruges (Belgium) ? it looks the same.

Ida said...

Sjarmerende by og flotte bilder! :)

T and S said...

Once again a beautiful series