Fire Marks in Stockholm

Most of the buildings in Stockholm’s Old Town are still adorned with fire marks  plaques that showed that a building was insured in case of a fire.

The signs, which depict a phoenix rising from the flames, were introduced in the 1740s. In the event of a fire, the fire brigade would first concentrate its efforts on buildings marked with the phoenix.

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  1. I think all Ukrainians, from homeland and diaspora, should visit Greece. Many of us grow up thinking that our names, language, religious rites and architecture, and other folkloric traditions are our own, but visiting Greece will show that we imported and adopted them lock, stock, and barrel. Flattening the church domes to a pear shape, and polyphony, are the only uniquely Ukrainian contributions that I can think of.
    Nice website!

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