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Riddarholmen Island    

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Riddarholmen Island

Stockholm, Sweden

This small island in central Stockholm is part of Gamla stan, the “old town,” a well-preserved medieval city with narrow alleys and cobblestone streets. Primarily a place for goat grazing 1,000 years ago, Riddarholmen’s oldest building is the church, constructed as a Franciscan monastery for the Grey Brother monks from 1280 to 1310. In the 16th century it became a burial site for Swedish nobles (not to be confused with the country’s Nobels), earning its name -- Knight’s Islet.

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