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Inside Sankt Nikolai kyrka (Church of St. Nicholas) - most commonly known as Storkyrkan (The Great Church) and sometimes as Stockholms domkyrka (Stockholm Cathedral), the oldest church in Gamla Stan, the Old Town of Stockholm - the focal point is the main altar, known as the Silver Altar. It's an ebony triptych with sculptured reliefs in silver and in ascending order of the Last Supper on the predella.

But the most spectacular treasure of the church is the dramatic sculpture of Saint George and the Dragon, to the left of the altar, made from oak-wood by Bernt Notke in 1489. The statue, commissioned by Sten Sture to commemorate the Battle of Brunkeberg (1471), also serves as a reliquary, containing relics supposedly of Saint George and two other saints.

The church is situated close to the Royal Palace and has frequently been the site of major events in Swedish history, such as coronations, royal weddings and royal funerals. The most recent one was when Crown Princess Victoria, oldest daughter of King Carl XVI Gustaf and Queen Silvia, was married to Daniel Westling in June 2010.

Other notable neighbors are the Stockholm Stock Exchange building containing the Swedish Academy, the Nobel Library, and the Nobel Museum. And surrounded by the narrow streets and alleys of the charming Old Town, this is a part of the city made for explorations and walkabouts.

And that's what we did, my son and I, in lovely Winter weather, on the day before Christmas.

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Shot with the automatic panorama function in iPhone 5S.

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