Gammelstad Church Town

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UNESCO World Heritage Site
Church Village of Gammelstad, Luleå
Name as inscribed on the World Heritage List
Gammelstad Church Town
Type Cultural
Criteria ii, iv, v
Reference 762
UNESCO region Europe and North America
Inscription history
Inscription 1996 (20th Session)

Gammelstad Church Town (Swedish: Gammelstads kyrkstad) is a UNESCO World Heritage Site situated in Gammelstaden near the city of Luleå, Sweden at the northern end of the Gulf of Bothnia. It is the best preserved example of a type of town that was once widespread throughout northern Scandinavia. As Church Village of Gammelstad, Luleå, it was listed as a World Heritage Site in 1996.

The town is located about 10 kilometers upstreams Lule River. At its centre is the 15th-century Nederluleå Church surrounded by 424 wood-built houses. The houses were only used on Sundays and during religious festivals to accommodate worshippers from the surrounding countryside who could not return home the same day because of the distance and difficult travelling conditions.

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Coordinates: 65°38′45″N 22°01′45″E / 65.64583°N 22.02917°E / 65.64583; 22.02917