German Church, Stockholm

German Church, Stockholm

The German Church (Tyska kyrkan) of Stockholm, sometimes called Saint Gertrude's Church (Sankta Gertruds kyrka), has been a major house of worship for the Swedish German community since the 1580s. Initially shared with Finnish parishioners, the temple became solely a German ecclesiastical site in 1607. Ever since then, its tower's carillon plays psalms over the Old Town every day.

Completed in 1878, the church's 96-meter brick steeple and copper spire feature Neo-Gothic gargoyles, which is an unusual but now iconic element in Swedish architecture.

The southern portal showcases sandstone statues of Jesus and Moses, symbolizing the New and Old Testaments, surrounded by statues representing Love, Hope, and Faith, crafted in the 1640s.

The church interior showcases a Baroque style, accentuated by large windows that illuminate the white vaults adorned with angel heads. Beneath the current marble flooring lie the original guild building's wine cellars. A prominent feature is the atrium's stained-glass window of Saint Gertrude, depicted with a chalice and a church model. The ten-meter Baroque altar dominates the space. The "king's gallery," adorned with King Charles XI’s monogram, features a magnificent staircase and a painted ceiling, reflecting its historical German connections. The gallery, now containing the sacristy, overlooks painted windows from around 1900.

Notable for its musical contributions, the church also remains a cultural cornerstone for the German-speaking community in Stockholm, holding regular services and maintaining historical traditions.

Tip:
Check the schedule – you may be able to catch a musical performance.
Visitors can hear the carillon every day, at 8 am and 4 pm.
If timing allows, you may see the inside with good lighting and be treated to the spectacular stained glass scenes.
Sight description based on Wikipedia.

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Sight Name: German Church
Sight Location: Stockholm, Sweden (See walking tours in Stockholm)
Sight Type: Religious
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