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OUR STORY

Pharmarium is inspired by Sweden's first pharmacy, located on Stortorget. It was a place that contained a vast selection of mysterious ingredients - from magical to medicinal.The very first Swedish pharmacy was Hovapoteket in the Royal Palace in the 1400s. The first pharmacist, Master Lukas was recruited by Gustav Vasa. His successor - Anthonius Busenius, a Dutch pharmacist who first served at Gustav Vasa's court, Erik XIV and later on King Johan III. On March 21, 1575. Busenius was allowed to move some of the royal castle's medical supplies and start selling medicines to the public.The location was here on Stortorget in Old Town, the city's old center. The pharmacy was run under the name Schmidtens pharmacy until 1625 when it later on moved to Tyska Brinken and renamed to Apoteket Lejonet. The pharmacy was a mirror of that era's view of illness and healing; a mix of medicine, science, folklore, religion, magic and quackery. Back then, it was monopoly on trades in medicines and poisons, but you could also sell questionable ingredients such as ivory, mummy powder, peacock strands, unicorn horns, powdered gems, or even sun and moon essences. The fascination for alchemy, the quest to produce gold and find the elixir of eternal life also played a part. Many Kings and Queens had their own personal alchemists - people who in fact largely laid the foundations of modern science.