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Church Town of Gammelstad, Luleå
UNESCO World Heritage Site
Gammelstad Church Town
Location Gammelstaden, Luleå Municipality, Norrbotten County, Sweden
Criteria Cultural: (ii), (iv), (v)
Reference 762
Inscription 1996 (20th Session)
Area 16.402 ha (40.53 acres)
Buffer zone 243.474 ha (601.64 acres)

Gammelstad Church Town (Swedish: Gammelstads kyrkstad) is a World Heritage Site in Gammelstaden close to the city of Luleå, Sweden. The church village consists of 424 wooden houses around a stone church from the early 15th-century.

Motivation for World Heritage Site

Gammelstad Church Town was listed as a World Heritage Site in 1996 with the motivation:

The Committee decided to inscribe the nominated property on the basis of cultural criteria (ii), (iv) and (v), considering that the site is of outstanding universal value as it is a remarkable example of the traditional church town of northern Scandanavia, and admirably illustrates the adaptation of conventional urban design to the special geographical and climatic conditions of a hostile natural environment.



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