Nordanå - A green meeting spot for culture
Nordanå is a scenic cultural and outdoor area near the center of Skellefteå. The area's history dates back to the 14th century and has, among other things, served as a market and military site. The hilly terrain, the cultural-historical buildings, the bird ponds and the proximity to the Skellefte river gives the park a very special character. Today, the Nordanå area is used for a variety of activities, including festivals, summer theater and a Christmas market. There is also a large newly built playground for children of all ages.
With the children in focus
For many, the old school building is synonymous with Nordanå, and there have always been children here. The main building built in Swedish manor style was completed in 1916 and was the city's joint school. The number of students increased steadily, and was 1936 the country's largest co-educational school with 396 students. Over the years, the school was expanded to meet the need, but the building eventually became too small and the spring in 1976 was the last for the school. In 1980, Skellefteå Museum and the Folkrörelsearkivet moved into the premises, where you can still find them today.
BarnsiaAt Skellefteå Museum is the local historical play and learning environment Barnsia where the child can explore the conditions that existed for people who were early residents or settled in our region; animal husbandry, agriculture and the vital extraction of natural resources; the wood, the fishing and the mines.
The park was laid out at the city's 100th anniversary, which was inaugurated in the summer of 1945. There were already historic buildings in the area, including the major residence Nyborg built in 1764 and Nordanågården's inn built in 1869, but a number of buildings were moved here for preservation. One of these is Kågegården, a well-preserved Västerbotten house whose interior reflects the year 1904. The house is open in summer to visitors. In the park there are several bird ponds which at the inauguration of the park contained seals. Today you have a greater chance of seeing swans, geese and ducks instead of seals, and the ponds are well-visited excursion destinations for families with children.
Bonnstan & Landskyrkan
At Nordanå begins a beautiful walking path that follows the Skellefteå river and goes past several historic sites. Here, for example, is Bonnstan, which is Skellefteå's church town, with its 116 houses dating from the 17th century. The church we see today is a classic cruciform church that was completed in 1800, and it´s one of Sweden's largest national churches. The fourth in the order in the same place, as the first was built as early as 1330. Among the church's interior are a number of medieval wooden sculptures. The most famous is the so-called Skelleftemadonna, one of the few preserved Romanesque images of Mary in Europe.
If you continue a bit further along the river, you will reach Lejonströmsbron; Sweden's oldest and longest wooden bridge still in use, built in 1737. At this very place, the people of Västerbotten has crossed the river for hundreds of years. Before the bridge was in place, there was a ford a little further up the river. Here, Swedish soldiers also fought Russian troops on May 15, 1809, when the Swedes were forced to retreat south across the bridge. It is said that the curious can still find bullet holes from the battle in the barns closest to the bridge.
A mansion filled with history
Above Lejonströmsbron, Stiftsgården boasts; a rectory built in 1800 with 14 rooms, two wings, a barn and several outbuildings. The city's founder and elected pastor, Nils Nordlander, lived in Stiftsgården during his time and today Stiftsgården Conference and Hotel is located here. A manor for living, dining experience and important meetings in a unique historical environment. In the outbuildings you will also find the café and restaurant Isboden in a building that was used as an ice cream parlor, more simply explained the farm's refrigerator which was filled with ice blocks from the river. You will also find Matverket in the lengths, where locally produced products from small-scale producers are sold.