Stortorget, which is translated from Swedish as "Big square", is located in the heart of Stockholm's Old town, Gamla Stan. Stortorget is the oldest square of the Old town of the capital. The formation of Stockholm began around this square. Most of the houses on today's square belong to the 17-18 century.
There is a massive fountain here. There is a well on the square. It previously served as the main drinking source for the city. This is one of the most popular places, where tourists of the city Stockholm gather.
The stock exchange building is the most famous building of Stortorget. It is the highlight of the square, looking as a large square building with a pale grey façade built in 1640 by the merchant Hans Bremer. It is recognized as one of the most beautiful houses in Stockholm. This house was bought by Antonio Grill, the head of the Swedish coin manufactory, thus, the building became the property of his family. It was named after him. Since 1912, here is the head office of the Charity Fund; and there is a coffee and pastry shop, popular with tourists on the ground floor.
The square Stortorget sometimes becomes a stage for the public showing of performances, and it is traditionally renowned for its annual Christmas market offering traditional handicrafts and food.