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Ignatiigränd in March 2007.

Ignatiigränd is an alley in Gamla stan, the old town in central Stockholm, Sweden. Stretching from Västerlånggatan to Stora Nygatan, it forms a parallel street to Göran Hälsinges Gränd and Gåsgränd.


The alley is called Mårten Klinks gränd ("Mårten Klink's alley") in 1606 in reference to a local proprietor and in 1661 it is referred to as Mårten Klinkas eller Ignatij Grendh ("Mårten Klink's or Ignatius's alley"). The latter was a famous printer named Ignatius Meurer (1589–1672) who was, according to a memorial verse found in the Royal Library, born in Blankenburg, Schwarzburg, Germany, immigrated to Stockholm in 1610 and eventually through marriage became the owner of a printing workshop and settled in the block north of the alley. He is known to have produced the city law of 1628, introducing the Antiqua typeface in Sweden.[1][2] (See also Staffan Sasses Gränd.)

The first element of the name, Ignatii-, is the Latin genitive form of Ignatius (e.g. Ignatius's; of Ignatius).

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  1. ^ "Innerstaden: Gamla stan". Stockholms gatunamn (in Swedish) (2nd ed.). Stockholm: Kommittén för Stockholmsforskning. 1992. p. 55. ISBN 91-7031-042-4.
  2. ^ Fredrik Ulrik Wrangel (1912). "Stockholmiana I-IV: En vandring i staden 1646" (in Swedish). Project Runeberg. p. 385. Retrieved 2007-02-27.

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Coordinates: 59°19′30.5″N 18°04′06.8″E / 59.325139°N 18.068556°E / 59.325139; 18.068556