During my whole stay in the Cathedral the organ was playing and it was so beautiful! So after my visit to the Cathedral I didn't leave right away, instead I sat down, closed my eyes for a while and listened to the organ play. So beautiful and so amazing to hear the sound of the organ fill the cathedral with its beautiful tones. I could have stayed here for hours just listening to the music.
The organ in the Storkyrkan was built in 1960 by Marcussen & Son and has 53 stops. The façade of the organ was created in 1789 for an earlier organ-work.
But the big organ wasn't the only one playing, also this little instrument was used and made a duet with the big organ. The effect was great! I really felt in luck being in the Cathedral while they were practicing the music. There are a lot of concerts in the Cathedral, almost every week, so you've got a real chance of hearing the organ play and enjoying its mesmerizing sound. The concerts are mostly given in the weekends, and there is a brochure at the entrance of the Cathedral telling you all about when the concerts are given.
Prices for the concerts can vary, but roughly said they are between 70 SEK and 250 SEK, but can be more expensive at certain occasions.
The Storkyrkan was first mentioned in 1279 and is now the cathedral of Stockholm. It is a huge church with lots of beautiful artwork inside, one of which is the famous sculpture of St. George and the Dragon by Bernt Notke (1489).
When we visited (around 3.40 p.m.) we were not aware of the fact that the cathedral closed at 4 p.m. - we walked around and enjoyed this beautiful church, when suddenly someone started playing on the organ! Wow, what a fantastic atmosphere this was! Unfortunately we could not listen to this impromptu concert very long, since we were asked to leave - but what we heard and saw left us with a lasting impression!
Normally the church is open from 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. from September - April and from 9 a.m. - 6 p.m. from May - August.
Storkyrkan is a beautiful cathedral on Gamla Stan. It is the oldest church in Stockholm and holds within its walls the oldest known painting depicting Stockholm (painted in 1520). It is also has other beautiful artefacts like the (wood) statue of 'St George and the Dragon' by Bernt Notke (1489). This church was first mentioned in writing in the 13th Century, it is Gothic architecture on the inside but the outside was remodelled in the 18th to a Baroque styling - most likely to match the surrounding buildings better.
It has been used for centuries for royal weddings and coronations.
I definitely recommend visiting this cathedral, but while there, ask if they are doing any tours up the clock tower. I arrived just before a tour was about to start and was asked if I wanted to join (for a fee of course), but it was money well spent. The guide (a priest in training, who looked a lot like Paul Walker) gave good insight into what conditions were like in centuries past and about the people who inhabited the tower. Then you get amazing views of the city around you!!
Check out my Storkyrkan Travelogue for views of the city from the clock tower.
The Big Church, or Storkyrkan, is the most important church of the city. It's situated very close to the Royal Palace and the Stortorget. It was built in the 13th century and was opened officially in 1306. Officially the city of Stockholm doesn't have a real cathedral, but this church is often called the Cathedral because of the important role it played in history.
The square, brick church was the place where the Swedish kings got married and crowned. The current shape of the Storkyrkan was established in the 15th century. Before that it was a more simple design. The baroc parts of the church were added in the 30's of the 18th century.
The interior of the church is very caracteristic because of its brick walls on the inside. Originally there was plaster on these walls, but that was removed during a renovation in the past century. The statue of St. George and the Dragon and the beautiful Royal seats are the most impressive aspects in here.
Every saturday at 13:00 there is a concert in the church with its organ.
Storkyrkan was Stockholm's impressive cathedral where the Swedish Monarchs were crowned; it is located next to the Kungliga Slottet. The church was consecrated in 1306 and replaced a smaller church on the same site which was gutted by fire. The space within the church features medieval paintings on the ceiling, notably work by Albertus Pictor in the Chapel of the Suls cross vault. There is a life sized statue of St George, his horse and the dragon. Thestature was commissioned by Sten ture the Elder to symbolise Sweden's fredom from Denmark - it was sculpted by the Berndt Notke in 1494.
The Sunday service is held at 11.00 and is in Swedish. There are also regular classical concerts.
Storkyrkan, "The big church" is the most important church of Stockholm, as it's the church of the Bishop of Stockholm. Presently the bishop here is Caroline Krook, being the first female bishop of the swedish lutheran church.
It's main attraction would be the statue of "St George and the dragon". It depicts St George as he slays the dragon. The theme is an arabic legend from the beginning (a dragon demands a child to eat from the villagers every day and the poor villagers draw straws to decide whose child will be eaten. One day the princess is elected, but the enter the hero St George (St Göran in swedish) and he slays the dragon.
The swedish connection to the legend is that a swedish King pray to God for help in defeating the evil Danish. The KIng vowed to built a statue to the Glory of God in Storkyrkan if the swedish were to win. The swedes won (of course) and the King held his promise.
To architecture buffs, this church is unmistakably baroque on the surface, although it was actually started to be built in the 13th century. Later additions helped make this one of the more ornate churches seen in Protestant areas.
Inside there is a statue of St. George the Dragon.
Storkyrkan is an interesting 15th-centuiry gothic cathedral in Stockholm's old town. It is quite different, especially in the interior, from most gothic churches in places such as France and especially England. Although the basic style is clearly similar, the actual decoration is quite different, in large part because it is built of brick and partly stuccoed, whereas Medieval gothic cathedrals elsewhere are much more typically limestone, marble, or other bare stone. In addition, the exterior was "modernized" a couple centuries later with a baroque facade that contrasts quite a bit with the still gothic interior.
Storkyrkan is the oldest church in Stockholm - founded in the 13th century, then rebuilt in the 15th and 18th centuries. For centuries already it has been the place of royal weddings and coronations. The building from outside is perhaps not very interesting, but inside you can see some genuine masterpieces. One of them is late-Gothic sculpture of St. George and the Dragon carved in oak and elk-horn with decorative elements of gilt metal. Another treasure of the cathedral is silver altar from 17th century.
The Church Storkyrkan (Grand Church) is located on Gamla Stan island. It it a lovely structure, and the Swedish King and Queen actually got married here in 1976 (or something close to 1976).
We visited a mass here in August 2003. The building itself is beautiful and the interiors as well. Noteworthy is the sculpture of St:Goran and the Dragon by Bert Notkes from 1489 AD.
The church is also called St: Nikolai Kyrka, remnants of the oldest part of the structure date back to the 1200:s.
Well, like many sites in Stockholm, this church charges an entry fee of about 20 Swedish Krone. If you only pay one entry fee to a church in Stockholm, then perhaps it should be this one. This is where Swedish royalty USED to be crowned. The pulpit is particularly beautiful as is the old silver altar.
If you happen to be in Stockholm when they are having one of the concerts inside, it is worth going. They only happen every couple of weeks on a Sunday, so check with the tourist center on Sergels Torg square to see if a concert will be held while you are in town. Concerts costs around 70 Swedish Krone and last 1-2 hours depending on the concert.
Open 9 AM - 6 PM daily in summer but at other times of the year it closes at 4 PM.
In the heart of Old Stockholm, Gamla Stan.
It is located right across the Stockholm Slott ( Palace) and was used for the wedding of King Carl-Gustaf to Silvia Sommerlath 1976.
Free admission. It is still used for Official Royal functions.
More details at the website below
Another treasure of Storkyrkan is the wonderful "Parhelion Painting" - a 1630s work of a remarkable light phenomenon which occurred on 20 April, 1535. On that date, several concentric "halos" appeared in the sky over Stockholm. (I believe a similar atmospheric "event" recently took place in New Mexico.) This is one of the earliest surviving depiction of the capital, and gives a good sense of the way in which the city was growing to fill up the islands of the sound.
One of the treasures of the Great Church is this sculpture by 15th century Swedish master Bernt Notke. It celebrates a Swedish victory over their Danish foes, and was given to the church by the hero of the battle himself, Sten Sture. Those are real elk antlers on the dragon!