Högalid Church, Stockholm

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    Högalid Church

    by Sjalen Updated Jul 29, 2006

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    Up on the hills of Söder, Högalid Church is easy to spot with its twin towers. Those towers actually hold different rooms themselves and are not just ordinary. The church was built in 1916-23 and the architect Ivar Tengbom is also responsible for most of the interior which is then also decorated with works by Swedish artists, notably Einar Forseth who has created some gold mosaics and other things. Maybe not that surprising if you consider his similar work in Stockholm's City Hall.

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    Högalid church (4) The crucifix

    by El_Sueco Updated Jul 12, 2003

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    The large crucifix is the biggest in the Scandinavian countries. It was made by Gunnar Torhamn. He did also paint the frescoes in the baptistry. The paintings on the pulpit and on the organ gallery are also made by him, after drafts of the architect Ivar Tengbom.

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    Högalid church (5) The altarpiece

    by El_Sueco Updated Jul 12, 2003

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    The altarpiece has paintings against a golden background.
    The middle part shows the blessing of Christ with the twelve disciples placed two by two on both sides.
    The side paintings show Christ's Ascension and the King's Worship.
    Reproductions on the outside of the altarpiece are shown during Lent, when the triptych is closed.
    The altarpiece which is made in Byzantine style was made by Erik Jerke.

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    Högalid church (3) The three portals

    by El_Sueco Updated Jul 12, 2003

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    These three portals repeats the symbolism from the two towers.
    From left (north) is Ansgar's portal, central portal is called Life's portal and the right one (south) is Petri's portal.
    Granite carving was made by Gustav Cederwall.

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    Högalid church (2) The two towers

    by El_Sueco Written Jul 12, 2003

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    The two towers represents different sides of the Christian faith.
    North tower (left), the Ansgar tower, symbolises the Lord's Commandments.
    South tower (right), the Olaus Petri tower, represents the Gospel.
    See also notes on west portal (the main entry).

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    Högalid church

    by El_Sueco Updated Jul 12, 2003

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    This church with two eight-sided towers is visible from long distance. It is built in national-romantic style. The architect is Ivar Tengbom. It was constructed 1916-1923.

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    Högalid church (7) Nave

    by El_Sueco Updated Jul 12, 2003

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    The church nave with the great Crucifix. To the left in the north tower is the Baptistry, in the north tower (right) is a church council meeting room.

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    Högalid church (6) Nave

    by El_Sueco Written Jul 12, 2003

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    The main body of the church consists of a single aisle. It has six arches on each side with windows. The walls are painted with colourless lime mortar.

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    Högalid church (10) Choir Organ

    by El_Sueco Written Jul 12, 2003

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    The choir organ has 17 stops, 2 manuals and pedal. It was built by Mads Kjersgaard in Uppsala in cooperation with Robert Gustavsson Organ factory in Härnösand.

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    Högalid church (8) Organ

    by El_Sueco Updated Jul 12, 2003

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    The great organ was build by Olof Hammerberg Organ Factory in Gothenburg in 1966. It has 56 stops, 4 manuals and pedal.
    The front was designed by Ivar Tengbom.

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    Högalid church (9) Baptistry

    by El_Sueco Written Jul 12, 2003

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    The frescoes in this babtistry depicts scenes fron the life of John the Baptist. The painter is Gunnar Torhamn.

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