Köpmanbrinken (Merchant's Slope), Stockholm

Köpmanbrinken (Merchant's Slope), Stockholm

Merchant's Slope (Köpmanbrinken) is a historic street in Stockholm's Old Town. As a matter of fact, this street comprises not just one but two slopes. In 1885, the two streets separated by what's known as Merchant's Square (Köpmantorget) and were merged into one, under the present name.

Historically, the northern slope has been referred to as the Fishing Shore Slope (Fiskestrandsbrinken), because during the Middle Ages, from 1413 to 1520, the area east of it housed the city's main fish market (Fiskaretorget).

Walking along Merchant's Slope, you can't help noticing the statue of Saint George and the Dragon, which is a copy of the medieval sculpture kept in the Stockholm Cathedral. While the original piece dates back to 1489, this bronze replica – depicting Saint George as a young man, in full battle armor, fighting the dragon – was cast in 1912. In contrast to the original, though, several parts of the statue have been altered, such as the knight's helmet and the position of the dragon. Here, Saint George is presented sitting atop a life-size horse with the dragon’s legs pushing into the horse’s stomach. The sculpture's plinth is embellished with reliefs of the martyrdom of the brave saint.

The building at Number 17, designed in 1902, features ground-floor shops, office spaces, and residences, as well as a restaurant “Pontus in the Green House” (whose choice of color reflects modern tastes). On either side of Number 17 there are two 16th-century alleys flanking the former fish market area, namely: "New Alley" (Nygränd) and "Well's Alley" (Brunnsgränd), the latter named somewhat misleadingly as it contains no well in fact.
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Sight Name: Köpmanbrinken (Merchant's Slope)
Sight Location: Stockholm, Sweden (See walking tours in Stockholm)
Sight Type: Attraction/Landmark
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