Sergels Torg

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Sergels torg is a well-known public square in the center of Stockholm, Sweden. The square is named after 18th century sculptor Johan Tobias Sergel, whose workshop was located in the area sorrounding the square.

It is noted for a several things, including its role as a starting point for demonstrations and the super ellipse shape of its traffic roundabout. The 37 meter tall glass pillar in the center is the Kristall-vertikal accent ("Crystal-vertical accenture", 1974) by Edvin Öhrström. The official name is seldom used, and it is more often referred to by Stockholmers as the "glass obelisk" or by innumerable phallic-related slang words.

To the west of the actual square is a lower plaza tiled black and white, known colloquially as Plattan ("The Slab"), which is currently mostly infamous for the number of drug-dealers present. West of Plattan is a wide stairs, a popular place for people to set up a meeting at. West of the stairs lies Drottninggatan. To the north are five skyscrapers, some of the few buildings taller than eight stories in inner city Stockholm. To the south of the square lies Stockholms Kulturhuset.

The avenue of Sveavägen, today perhaps most famous for being the street on which Prime Minister Olof Palme was assassinated, extends northbound from the square. The avenue was originally planned as a great "National Mall", leading from the royal cemetery of Haga to the Royal Palace. This avenue was not completed though, probably due to insufficient funds.

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black and white pattern of lower plaza
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