Matteus Church, Stockholm
St Matthew's is a bit off the beaten path but still in the immediate city centre. Weekends it is only open in connection with services so weekdays are perhaps the best for a visit. The church was built in 1902-03 but then only as a chapel so it was extended in the 1920s. Its original design is by the famous architect Erik Lallerstedt and with interior decorations by equally famous Olle Hjortzberg. To me it looks more like a Gothenburg church than a Stockholm one, not sure why :)))
In 1972 the church was blessed with a new great organ. It is considered as one of the finest in Stockholm. It is used also for education purposes.
The organ is built by Marcusson & Sons Organ Factory in Denmark and has 52 stops and 4508 pipes.
The al secco paintings above the organ is made by Olle Hjortzberg.
This church is designed very compact. It has seats in the main nave for 500 persons, some of those at the gallery upstairs.
The tower has a simple design and gives a solid and powerful impression. The church is nicely placed at the corner to Vanadisvägen. The outside stairs are very good for taking photos after the ceremonies (weddings etc) I have noticed.
Paintings inside the church were made by Olle Hjortzberg.
The Matteus statue at the entry is made by Ivar Johnsson, so also the altarpiece.
Unfortunately the very good sounding organ is under cleaning this summer, will be ready autumn 2003, and the gallery is temporarily closed. But there will nevertheless be other music events in the church this summer, see program at the church wall outside.
The church was erected 1902-1903. Architect was Erik Lallerstedt. Later the church was rebuilt 1923-1925.
This picture shows the nave and in the background the new organ (1972), which is considered to be one of the best in Stockholm.
The paintings at the altar was made by Olle Hjortzberg.
This is just a part. Please address me if you want to see all the others.