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Stockholm's City Hall (stadshuset)

The City Hall of Stockholm (Stadshuset) is one of the most beautiful and well known buildings in the world and the most exclusive ballroom in Stockholm, for e.g. the yearly Nobel Banquet. The City Hall is known for its hospitality, its unique art treasures, magnificent banquettes and an intriguing history attracting close to 400,000 visitors a year.

Architecturally Stockholm's City Hall is one of Sweden's foremost examples of "national romanticism". After 12 years of construction, the building was inaugurated on Midsummer's Eve in 1923. The City Hall Tower, topped by three crowns, the Swedish national coat of arms, rises 106 meters above the edifice. City Hall provides a workplace for politicians and civil servants.

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Golden Hall 1 (City Hall)

After partaking of an exquisite meal in the Blue Hall guests take the stairway up to the Golden Hall (Gyllene salen) to dance. The walls of the Golden Hall are covered with more than 18 million glass and gold mosaic pieces, the work of artist Einar Forseth. Using a Byzantine inspired style the mosaics depict portraits of historical figures and events in Swedish history. The hall is dominated by the "Queen of Lake Maelaren" on the northern wall which represents Stockholm being honoured by the East and the West.

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Golden Hall 1 (City Hall)
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Golden Hall 2 (City Hall)

After partaking of an exquisite meal in the Blue Hall guests take the stairway up to the Golden Hall (Gyllene salen) to dance. The walls of the Golden Hall are covered with more than 18 million glass and gold mosaic pieces, the work of artist Einar Forseth. Using a Byzantine inspired style the mosaics depict portraits of historical figures and events in Swedish history. The hall is dominated by the "Queen of Lake Mälaren" on the northern wall which represents Stockholm being honoured by the East and the West.

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Golden Hall 2 (City Hall)
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Blue Hall 1 (City Hall)

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Blue Hall 1 (City Hall)
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Blue Hall 2 (City Hall)

Every year since 1930, with few exceptions, the Nobel Prize Banquet has been held in the City Hall. Following the prize ceremony at Stockholm Concert Hall, some 1,300 people, including 250 students, sit down to eat in the Blue Hall (Blå hallen), in one of the world's most exclusive banquets. The Nobel Laureates, their families, the Swedish Royal Family, representatives of the Swedish Government and distinguished foreign guests all participate.

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Blue Hall 2 (City Hall)
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The Council Chamber (City Hall)

Directly across the Civic Court lies the Council Chamber (Rådsalen) where Stockholm's City Council assembles every third Monday. The interior of the Council Chamber is absolutely majestic and its 19 meter-high ceiling takes its inspiration from the Swedish Viking Age. The public gallery has room for about 200 spectators to attend the council meetings.

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The Council Chamber (City Hall)
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The Oval (City Hall)

The Oval is a vaulted antechamber whose name is derived from its oval shape. The walls of The Oval are covered with a series of five, 300 year-old tapestries. These tapestries were made in Beauvais in France. Every Saturday civil wedding services and partnership registrations are conducted in the Oval.

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The Oval (City Hall)
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The Prince's Gallery (City Hall)

The Prince's Gallery (Prinsens galleri or Stora galleriet) which runs along City Hall's southern long side is primarily used for the reception of honoured guests. The French windows running the length of the Gallery's south side offer a wonderful view of Lake Mälaren and Södermalm. This panorama is reflected on the Gallery's opposite wall in the form of an al fresco called "Stockholm's Shores" created by Prince Eugen, artist and brother of the Swedish King Gustav V.

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The Prince's Gallery (City Hall)
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The Three Crowns Chamber (City Hall)

The Three Crowns Chamber has been named after the three chandeliers which hang from the beamed ceiling. The southern and northern walls are covered with silk brocades woven in China. Among the paintings in the room one sees Elias Martin’s ”View from Mosebacke” painted in the 1790s.

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The Three Crowns Chamber (City Hall)
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Tower Museum 1 (City Hall)

In Tornmuseet, Among other things, is to find the 7.6 meter high plaster model of Sankt Erik statue created by the brothers Gustav and Aaron Sandberg. This model was produced in the Blue Hall and it was meant to be placed at 67 m height of the tower in the middle of the clocks. A trial with a full size statue, made of a lighter material, showed that this project was not feasible. Tower top became an open observation deck. Sankt Erik was never made of durable material, but ended up instead as a plaster sculpture in the tower museum.

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Tower Museum 1 (City Hall)
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Tower Museum 2 (City Hall)

Tornmuseet
If you want to get up in the 106 meter high tower, there is an elevator to the fifth floor, but you can also walk the 365 steps.On the fifth floor you will find the tower museum(tornmuseet). Here, there are models and busts found in the town hall, as well as samples of gold mosaic of the Golden Hall.

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Tower Museum 2 (City Hall)
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Tower (City Hall)

Stockholm City Hall's highest crest is the is the 106 meter high tower. There is an elevator to the fifth floor, but you can also walk the 365 steps. A staircase leads up to the so-called circular passage. Tower Passage, whose floor is slightly inclined as a ramp with a few steps, takes the visitor around for several yards along the tower walls to wind towers and wooden tower with its huge wooden structure. From tornaltanen leads a narrow wooden stairs up to a viewing platform directly below the bells. As a visitor orientation is an engraved copper plate on the balustrade around the upper balcony showing the attractions and directions you can turn our gaze towards.

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Tower (City Hall)
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Court Yard (City Hall)

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Court Yard (City Hall)
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Stadshusparken (City Hall Garden )

The small park between the building and Lake Mälaren's shore is adorned with several sculptures, among them Carl Eldh's ensemble representing the three artists August Strindberg, Gustaf Fröding and Ernst Josephson, as well as Eldh's bronze sculptures "Sången" and "Dansen" ("The Song" and "The Dance"). To the south-east of the City Hall, facing Riddarholmen, is a pillar roughly 20 meters tall with a statue of Engelbrekt Engelbrektsson on top

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Stadshusparken (City Hall Garden )
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