As we have some spare hours left before our departure, we use these for a short walk through the center of Lulea.
Lulea is about 110 kilometers south of the Arctic Circle. The city lies at the northern end of the Baltic Sea in Swedish Lapland. In 1649, Lulea was newly founded at the present location and renamed the original town to Gammelstad. The reason for the relocation was the silting of the port due to the Scandinavian postglacial rebound.
In 1887, a great fire destroyed the city almost completely. Afterward one rebuilt the city with a regular ground plan and right-angled roads.
Lulea is an important administrative and service center, a Lutheran bishop’s seat and seat of the northernmost technical university.
The most important industry is the steelworks SSAB Luleaverken, where we drove past on our Fat Bike Tour.
Also Facebook operates three server buildings with an area of 28,000 m² each. The cool climate and plenty of water nearby allow the operation with renewable energies. We have seen the premises on our return journey from Gammelstad.
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A walk through the center of Lulea
We start our walk through the center of Lulea in the pedestrian zone. It is wide enough, so that a market takes place once a week. In this area, you find a lot of restaurants and shops for all necessities of life.
On the way to the cathedral we discover the beautiful street art painting, which we have already seen from the roof of our hotel.
The Lulea Cathedral is a Gothic Revival cruciform church, build in 1893. The interior has a modest design. Next to it is the seat of the bishopric, the Svenska Kyrkan Lulea Stift.
The weather is fine and some residents spend their lunch break in the adjacent city park, Stadsparken. Sometimes also small concerts take place here.
After crossing the park, we arrive at the city hall of Lulea, the Stadshuset.
Modern architecture considerably stands out from the beautiful brick buildings round the cathedral. Especially in the Storgatan and the Köpmangatan we see beautiful old buildings.
There are only a few steps to the Lulea Bay. So we decide to spend the remaining time until the departure here and to enjoy the beautiful view.
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