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.
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".
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.
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.
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 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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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