Riddarholmen Church, Stockholm

Riddarholmen Church, Stockholm

Located on the island of Riddarholmen, close to the Royal Palace in Stockholm, Riddarholmen Church (Riddarholmskyrkan) is a part of the former medieval Greyfriars monastery.

The congregation was dissolved in 1807 and today the church is used solely for burial and commemorative purposes, serving as the final resting place of the Swedish kings.

Indeed, the vast majority of Swedish monarchs, starting with Magnus III and Karl VIII (who died in 1290 and 1470, respectively), have been entombed here. Several chapels within the church are dedicated to the kings and queens whose remains rest therein.

Traditionally, the armorial plates depicting the arms of deceased knights of the Royal Order of the Seraphim are affixed to the walls of the church. When a knight of the Order dies, his coat of arms is carried from the royal palace and rehung in the church. When the funeral takes place, the church's bells are rung without pause from noon to one o'clock.

The church's age is well seen in its architecture, rather eclectic and reflective of various eras. Most of the church is in Northern European Gothic style, although some parts are also Baroque. The building itself dates back to the 13th century. Originally, it was constructed with two naves; another one was added sometime in the 1400s. The present cast-iron spire replaced the 16th-century original which was destroyed by a lightning strike in 1835.

The church is open to the public during the summer months, with a program of concerts running all year round.

Why You Should Visit:
Interesting spire and external architecture – the history of Royal Sweden in this one building.

Tip:
Try to catch a guided tour (included in the entry fee) which lasts approximately 45 minutes but makes the visit a lot more informative.
Sight description based on Wikipedia.

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