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    The Storkyrkan

    by sim1 Updated Jun 9, 2007

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    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

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    Storkyrka

    by Hanau93 Updated Feb 17, 2004

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    Storkyrkan

    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

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    Storkyrkan

    by Pieter11 Written Feb 20, 2006

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    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.

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    Storkyrkan

    by Maline Updated Jul 19, 2004

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    This is a pic of Riddarholmskyrkan :-)

    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.

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    Stockholm cathedral

    by tini58de Updated May 10, 2006

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    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.

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    Storkyrkan

    by hevbell Written Mar 15, 2010

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    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

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    Storkyrkan - St George & The Dragon

    by hevbell Written Mar 15, 2010

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    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.

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    Storkyrkan

    by Rojo72 Written Jul 4, 2005

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    Storkyrkan of Stockholm

    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.

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    Storkyrkan - "the Great Church" of Stockholm

    by yooperprof Written Jan 11, 2004

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    a golden glow in the morning

    A medieval foundation with a baroque exterior, this grand church is in many ways analagous to Stockholm itself: it's often overlooked, but there's lots of neat stuff inside. The tower of the church, reaching a height of 66 meters (or 216 feet) dates from the middle of the 18th century - which is exactly when so much of Stockholm developed its particular charm. On a bright winter's day, the tower brilliantly shines over Stortorget.

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    Storkyrkan - the Parhelion Painting

    by yooperprof Written Jan 11, 2004

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    groovy, man

    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.

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    Storkyrkan interior

    by hevbell Updated Oct 9, 2011
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    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

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    Grand Church in Stockholm

    by yvgr Written May 1, 2012

    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.

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    Where the Coronations of Swedish Kings took place

    by gordonilla Written Oct 10, 2005
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    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.

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    The Great Church inside and out

    by Zirpsis Written Apr 13, 2014
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    If you go for a walk in the Old Town of Stockholm, don't miss this lovely old church between the Royal Palace and Nobel Museum. The exterior is rather modest but the inside is truly why they call it "great". When I went in, they were practising for an Easter concert and I could hear instantly that the acoustics is great, as well. Must attend a concert if possible!

    Inside, you'll see treasures from different time periods, like the dramatic statue of St. George killing the dragon (from ca 1500), pulpit in the French baroque style (ca mid 1700), lavishly decorated Royal Pews with the large royal crowns as a canopies over each of them on both sides of the aisle. There are also many commemorative statues and details to see so please reserve some time to see this church.

    There is also a gift shop you can visit when you exit the church via the side door as instructed by the big exit signs.

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    Storkyrkan (literally, The Large Church)

    by bscott1 Written Feb 7, 2005
    On a dark February day...

    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.

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