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Map 3 B1. Kungstradgarden. S3 2, 47, 55, 62, 65, 69, 76.

The king’s garden is a popular meeting place for Stockholmers where there is something for everyone going on all year round. This open

urban space is bordered by treelined promenades, with a modern fountain in the middle. At the Stromgatan end there is a square named after Karl XII with J P Molin’s statue of the warrior king, unveiled in 1868, at its centre. In Kungstradgarden itself there is a statue of Karl XIII (1809-18) by Erik Gothe. During the summer, the park is the venue for food festivals, concerts, dancing and street theatre. In winter, the skating rink attracts children and grown-ups alike. Also to be seen is Molin’s foun-i, made from gypsum in 1866 and cast in bronze.

It is the city’s oldest park, starting as the royal kitchen garden in the 15th century. During Erik XTV’s reign in the 16th century, it was transformed into a formal Renaissance garden. Queen Kristina built a stone summer house here in the 17th century, which stands at Vastra Trad-gardsgatan 2, by the cobble-stoned Lantmateribacken.

IN medieval times there was a small chapel where Kungstradgarden now lies. Dedicated to St Jacob, the patron saint of wayfarers, the chapel and another modestsized church were pulled down by King Gustav Vasa in the 16th century. His son,

Johan III, wanted to provide two new churches in Norra Malmen, as the area was then called, and work to build the churches of St Jacob and St Klara (seep68) started in 1580. St Jacob’s was consecrated first, in 1643. It has been restored several times since then, in some cases rather clumsily. However, several valuable items have been preserved, including a baptismal font from 1634 and some church silver, as well as porches by the stonemasons Henrik Blom and Hans Hebei.

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