Thursday doors: Hjelmerstald

Hjelmerstald, which means horse stable, is a street in the city center of Aalborg, a northern Denmark city. Dating to the mid 17th century, this old cobblestone street and its buildings have been well preserved.

On Hjelmerstald

When this street was new, it was on the southern outskirts of Aalborg. Today, it’s well within the city center, near the shopping district and any number of little cafes.

But being a Thursday doors post, let me get right to the doors. I captured an even dozen of them, all in portrait orientation, so be prepared to scroll!

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This short L-shaped street is best viewed long, however. It is charming.

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I’ve found little about Hjelmerstald’s history but I’ll recount what I’ve read. Initially, stable buildings lined this street, hence its name. By the late 1600s, homes began to appear here. By the 1800s, Hjelmerstald was home to regiments of soldiers as well as the poor of Aalborg. By the early 1900s, this was a bad neighborhood, one you didn’t want to visit unless you had to. But since then it’s been turned around and today is as lovely as you see it here.

This post is part of the Thursday Doors community.

Nikon Df, 28-200mm f/3.3-5.6 AF-G Nikkor

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14 responses to “Thursday doors: Hjelmerstald”

  1. DougD Avatar
    DougD

    Very nice! Glad that you got some time to check out the city.

    1. Jim Grey Avatar

      Thanks! I made the trip straddle a weekend on purpose, so I could be a tourist for a couple of days.

  2. Kodachromeguy Avatar

    How interesting and picturesque. I often lament that so few American cities have quaint, clean (CLEAN), and architecturally intact neighborhoods like this. Why do we have a penchant to destroy our past?

    1. Jim Grey Avatar

      I hear you. I can think of a few clean, architecturally intact old neighborhoods in Indiana. Here’s one:

      https://blog.jimgrey.net/2015/06/01/strolling-through-lockerbie-square/

      But yeah, we let 10x more of them slide into disrepair and demolition.

  3. Suzassippi Avatar

    Beautiful! I am a door lover of way back so this was a treat. I also love the vibrant color of the doors and buildings.

    1. Jim Grey Avatar

      I don’t often participate in the Thursday Doors thing that many bloggers do, but I do sometimes!

  4. Nancy Stewart Avatar
    Nancy Stewart

    Such colorful doors and beautiful,flowers !! So welcoming.

    1. Jim Grey Avatar

      It’s a truly lovely place to walk.

  5. Reinhold Graf Avatar

    This all looks quite cozy … very nice 👏🏻

    1. Jim Grey Avatar

      Hygge for sure!

  6. Michael Avatar
    Michael

    I was surprised by the apparent grade of the street. I expected northern Denmark to be pretty darn flat like the Netherlands.

    1. Jim Grey Avatar

      Denmark is described as flat, and we found Aalborg to be flat overall, but there are some occasional slight hills.

  7. J P Avatar

    There are few subjects that demand a portrait orientation than doors.

    I love the variety!

    1. Jim Grey Avatar

      Indeed! You can do them landscape but they lose their punch.

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