Architecture of Sweden
Like most of the Nordic countries, Sweden's most traditional
architectural buildings are constructed of wood, so few historic buildings continue
to stand today. Of these, the stave church in Hedared (about 1500) is the only remaining
church in this style still standing in Sweden. This, along with past stave churches
are supported by masts and have steep sloping roofs to prevent snow build-up.
Stockholm City Hall
In addition to these early wooden churches, there are a few stone structures remaining.
The town of Visby (on Gotland Island) was a Hanseatic League city, which maintains
its Medieval style to this day, primarily all of which was influenced by, or entirely
in, the German style at the time. Plus, Uppsala Cathedral
(1200-1400s) is one of the few early churches that is still standing today and was
built in the Gothic style (and re-structured in neo-Gothic in the 1800s). For some
insight on a traditional village during this time, the village of Gammelstad, near
Lulea is the best preserved church village, which consists of wooden houses and
a small stone church.