Älmhult main square (Stortorget) and surrounding areaAddress: Stortorget, 34330 Älmhult Show map
Address: Stortorget, 34330 Älmhult
During the majority of the 20th century the square was divided in Three separated sections. Closest to the station were tall trees and grassy ground.
Railway workers were originally given opportunities to grow for your own use. The area then started to be called “Spenatkoppen”, which is a term that is still used today by people in Älmhult. This part is now flowered and there is also a fountain with a diabase sculpture.
The middle part of the square is covered with stones that are typically used for squares. Even until this day there are casual trading areas.
The northern part of the square, closest to the municipal building, has changed multiple times, but has always contained a walking lane. The sculpture of the young Linné is created by Carl Eldh and it was consecrated in 1946.
From his elevated position, Carl Linnaeus watches the square, with a flower in his hand. (Statue, bronze, by Carl Eldh, 1946)
Other works of art in the square are the well from 1988, by Torgny Larsson. The inscription is as followed: "I love to watch the sky and I smile when I see the stars".
There is also a stone-arch-bridge fountain by Takashi Nahara, from 1987. The fontaine is built of black granite, diabase which you will find in quarry around the Älmhult area.