Wednesday 3 June 2015

Stockholm Cathedral

Built on the highest point of Stadsholmen island, Svenska Kyrkan, Stockholm Cathedral, dates back to the middle of the 13th century. Major conversions and extensions took place in the 14th and 15th centuries, but there are still some parts that date back to 1306.

The exterior was rebuilt on 1736-42 in Italian Baroque style to be a more appropriate complement to the Royal Palace, which had also been recently rebuilt.

The back of the cathedral.

It's a very impressive building.

The Silver Altar is made of ebony and silver.

looking closer

The sculptural ensemble of St George and the Dragon is carved out of oak with details made of materials such as elk antlers and horsehair.

There are two royal pews used exclusively by members of the royal family when attending official ceremonies in the cathedral. The pews were designed by Nicodemus Tessin the Younger in 1684 and were carved out of wood.

The Pulpit dates back to 1700 and is as sumptuous and extravagant as the royal pews.

The organ was built in 1960 and has 53 stops.


The seven-branched candlestick is 3.7 metres high, made out of bronze. It has stood in the Cathedral for more than 600 years.

I could not find any information on this modernist religious painting.

The Crucifixion was created by David Klocker von Ehrenstahl in 1697.

Detail of the ceiling

The Parhelion painting depicts a light phenomenon that occurred over Stockholm on 20 April 1535. Six sparkling luminous rings of light, parhelia (sun dogs, or mock suns) were observed.  They were interpreted to be a revelation of the impending collapse of worldly power, and people flocked to the churches.

A clearer depiction of the phenomenon.

The candle globe has been in the cathedral since 1972 and is the work of Torolf Enstrom.

I could not get any information about this stunning stained glass window.

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