The St. Nicolas Church (Sankt Nikolai kyrka), which is also known as the Great Church (Storkyrka), is the oldest church in Stockholm's old town (Gamla Stan).
Its history dates back to the 13th century when it was founded by Birger Jarl, who is also considered as the founder of Stockholm.
The architectural design of the church is an important example for the Swedish Brick Gothic style.
The St. Nicolas Church stands next to the Royal Palace in Stockholm's old town.
The nearest metro stop is "Gamla Stan".
Sankt Nikolai kyrka (Church of St. Nicholas), most commonly known as Storkyrkan (The Great Church) and Stockholms domkyrka (Stockholm Cathedral), is the oldest church in Gamla Stan, the old town in central Stockholm, Sweden.
It is an important example of Swedish Brick Gothic. Situated next to the Royal Palace, it forms the western end of Slottsbacken, the major approach to the Royal Palace, while the streets Storkyrkobrinken, Högvaktsterrassen, and Trångsund passes north and west of it respectively. South of the church is the Stockholm Stock Exchange Building facing the Stortorget square and containing the Swedish Academy, Nobel Library, and Nobel Museum.
Storkyrkan was first mentioned in a written source dated 1279 and according to tradition was originally built by Birger Jarl, the founder of the city itself. For nearly four hundred years it was the only parish church in the city, the other churches of comparible antiquity originally built to serve the spiritual needs religious communities (e. g., Riddarholm Church). It became a Lutheran Protestant church in 1527. The parish church since the Middle Ages of the Nikolai parish, covering the whole island on which the Old Town stands, it has also been the cathedral of Stockholm since the Diocese of Stockholm was created out of the Archdiocese of Uppsala and the Diocese of Strängnäs in 1942.
Because of its convenient size and its proximity to the earlier royal castle and the present royal palace it has frequently been the site of major events in Swedish history, such as coronations, royal wedding and royal funerals. The last Swedish king to be crowned here was Oscar II in 1873. Crown Princess Victoria, oldest daughter of King Carl XVI Gustaf and Queen Silvia, was married to Daniel Westling on 19 June, 2010 at the Storkyrkan, the same date on which her parents were also married in Storkyrkan in 1976.
The Storkyrkan (Great Church) was built in 1306 at the site of a small chapel dedicated to St. Nicholas.
This Church, which is now a Cathedral, is where Princess Victoria was married in 2010.
To me, it doesn't look that impressive from the outside. The gothic interior was built in the 15th century, where-as the exterior is in Baroque style in the 1740's, this was to complement the Royal Palace.
Inside, it's a five-aisled church and very nice!
My favourite in the Church, is the magnificent sculpture of St George and the Dragon. It commemorates the victory of the Swedish army over the Danes at the battle of Brunkeberg in 1471. The sculpture is made of wood, iron and gold leaf and elk horn was used for the dragon's scales. It is the best sculpture of St. George and the Dragon I have seen, fantastic!
Another important piece, was the Sun Dog Painting depicting an atmospheric phenomenon that was observed above Stockholm on April 20, 1535, when six 'sun dogs' or 'mock suns' were seen over the city. The current picture is a copy, painted in 1636, as the original one from 1535 was lost. Other interesting artwork in the church include the silver altar from 1650, the pulpit and two royal chairs.
I am glad that I went inside, it was worth it to see these treasure's!
As well as St George & the Dragon there are a few other points of interest within this beautiful cathedral. These include a 600 year old bronze candelabra which sits in front of the prized silver altar. Check out the pulpit as well the paintings The last Judgement and The Parhelion Painting
The interior of the Storkyrkan contains some interesting artifacts but the most famous is the huge St George & The Dragon sculpture. It was made by Berndt Notke of Lubeck, from materials that included oak and elk antlers, way back in the late 1400s. It was commissioned by Sten Sture the Elder to commemorate his victory over the Danish who had invaded Stockholm. Perhaps he saw in himself the legend of St George and the Danish as the Dragon that he slayed to save the city! Definitely something to check out when you are in the cathedral. Stand back to take in the whole sculpture but when you go up close you can see the work that has gone into it and see how it is made from natural materials.
Stockholms main cathedral is Storkyrkan which is located in Gamla Stan, right beside the Royal Palace at the top of Slottsbaken. Its been a cathedral since 1942 but its believed that the cities founder, Birger Jarl, first had a church built on this site back in the 1200's. The warm yellow coloured exterior of the current Cathedral is influenced by Italian Baroque. The entrance is on Trangsund
Sankt Nikolai kyrka (Saint Nicolaus Church) is the original name of the Church that is now more popularly known as Storkyrkan (implying 'The Great Church'). It is the oldest church in Gamla Stan and is located very close to the Royal Palace. It is this Church where the Swedish kings used to be crowned earlier on but not at present. The last king to be crowned here was King Oscar II in 1873.
Another source of information says this sculpture was unveiled in 1489 as an altar monument for the shrine of St George. Commissioned by Sten Sture the Elder this sculptural ensemble was created by Berndt Notke of Lubeck from materials such as oak and elk antlers.
The story of St George and the Dragon has the knight saving the princess from sacrifice to the dragon and it was thought that Sten Sture saw himself as the knight who saved the princess/Stockholm after fighting off the forces of the King Christian of Denmark and thereby rescuing Stockholm from the Danish invaders.
Storkyrkan is the seat of the bishop of Stockholm. The church was built in the 13th century, but has been altered a few times during the years.
Inside the church stands an interesting sculpture of St. George and the dragon from the late 15th century.
Opening times: May-Sept. 9am-6pm, Oct.-April 9am-4pm.
Stockholm's 700 years old cathedral has been of prime importance to the Swedish state church. Storkyrkan served as a base of the reformer Olaus Petri (1493 - 1552) who spread the Lutheran message throughout Sweden. And, up to the present day, all important royal ceremonies are held at the cathedral.
In 13th century the first small church was built at this spot. In 1306 it was replaced by the bigger Nikolaus basilica, which repeatedly was extended and modified during the upcoming centuries. In 15th century the inner rooms were embellished in the style of the Gothic period. The cathedral houses several works of art of unestimable cultural value. One of the most splendid late Gothic sculptures of Northern Europe can be found right left of the altar. This magnificent feat of the German sculptor Bernt Notke was created in 1489 and shows St. George and the Dragon. The sculpture was made of oak and elk's antlers to honour Sten Sture who, in 1471, prevailed over the Danes. Another one of the cathedral's treasures is the 3,70 metres bronze candlestick, also of German origin, which decorates Storkyrkan for more than 600 years now. Close to the exit you will find an interesting medieval painting showing the light phenomenon observed above Stockholm in the 16th century - 6 glittering sun rings appeared in the sky over the city at April 20th 1535. The above mentioned painting of this occurence also shows the oldest preserved view of the Swedish capital.
I walked slowly through the Cathedral taking a look at all the beautiful and interesting things. The first thing that you will see and that you want to take a picture of is the pulpit. The pulpit in the Cathedral is from the year 1700, and was carved in magnificent and extravagant style by the sculptor Burchardt Precht. It is all gold and glittering and there are so many details that it is hard to see each and every one of them. Under the pulpit lies the tombstone of Olaus Petri, the Swedish Reformer.
Only a few steps from the pulpit, in the middle of the Cathedral, you can see the two Royal pews (photo 2). The pews are used only by members of the Royal Family when attending official ceremonies in the Cathedral. You can't get close to the pews (and not secretly sit in them either, lol) as the area around them is fenced of. The pews were masterfully designed by Nicodemus Tessin the Younger in 1684, and have set the tone for much of the later ornaments in the Cathedral.
The next stop on my virtual tour through Stockholm is the Storkyrkan in the Gamla Stan (old town). The Storkyrkan, or Nicolai kyrka, is located between the palace and the Stock Exchange. It is a beautiful Cathedral, but probably overlooked quite a few times as the exterior isn't that grand. And that is a real pity as the interior of the cathedral is stunning! It has many unique artefacts, and an absolute must see on your visit to Stockholm.
When I walked into the Cathedral it overwhelmed me right away. All I could say was ooooh and oooooh again, so taken I was the first sight of the interior of this Cathedral. Nothing really sensible came out of my mouth, I didn't know what to say, but oooooh.... beautiful.... and oooh again. It is not that the Cathedral is huge, like some Cathedrals, but it is just stunningly beautiful. The cathedral was first constructed in 1250, but has been rebuilt many times since then. Because of that the exterior appears to be Baroque but the interior exhibits basic Gothic elements.
The cathedral is open from 1 Jan - 20 May, 30 Sep - 31 Dec Mon-Sun 09.00 - 16.00 and 21 May - 29 Sep Mon-Sun, 09.00-18.00
Morning services are held every Sunday at 11am.
Winter Season: Free admission
Summer Season: 25 SEK for adults, Children free
Looking up to the top of one of the Royal Pews. Again, it is all gold and glittering and lots and lots of detailing. The more I walked around in the Cathedral the more impressed I got. I had no clue the Storkyrkan was THIS beautiful! I had read it was great, but this was so much more than I expected.
Second picture: The Seven-Branched Candlestick
Just behind the Royal pews is the next artefact: The Seven-Branched Candlestick. This is a candelabra of bronze and just over 12 feet high. It was probably made in Germany in the 15th century and has been in the Cathedral for more than five hundred years.
The highlight of the Cathedral is without a doubt the monument of St.George and the Dragon. This is an extremely well-preserved sculptural ensemble, unequalled among its kind, created by Berndt Notke of Lübeck. The sculpture is made from materials such as oak and elk antlers. It was unveiled in 1489 as an altar monument for the shrine to St.George. The monument is huge, and so impressive to see. This sculpture alone would make it more than worth while to visit the Cathedral!
You might have heard of St.George and the Dragon before as it is a famous legend. The legend tells of a terrible dragon that demanded human offerings from the town of Selene as its price for not destroying the town. The day that the King's daughter was to be sacrificed, St.George comes riding by. He promises to kill the dragon if the town's heathen inhabitants convert to Christianity.
The monument of St.George and the Dragon is so impressive that you might overlook this painting, which is hanging on the wall next to the statue. But when you notice it, you wonder why you hadn't seen it before, because it is huge!!! This painting called "The Last Judgement", was created by David Klöcker von Ehrenstrahl in 1696. This is not the only work of this artist in the church, you can see another one in the south side-aisle of the Cathedral, which depicts the crucifixion. Both pictures were painted originally for the chapel of the Castle of the Three Crowns, the predecessor of the Royal Castle. They were rescued from the fire that destroyed the Castle in 1697, and have remained under the protection of Stockholm Cathedral ever since.