Tyska Kyrkan - German Church, Stockholm

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    The "Tyska Kyrkan" (German Church) in Gamla Stan

    by wadekorzan Written Jun 7, 2004

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    This church is truly beautiful, and there is no charge to get in! (You have to pay at Storkyrkan and Ritterholmskyrkan). I really wouldn't miss this church--it's so beautiful I just sat in there for about 15 minutes, restng my legs, and admiring the beautiful pulpit, altar, organ, and windows.

    During the main season, the church is open from Noon until 4 PM daily, but in the off season September - May, I think it is only open on weekends.

    There is a very interesting website in English about the churches of Stockholm's Gamla Stan--Click here to go there

    Tyska Kyrkan

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    Tyska Kyrka (The German Church)

    by sim1 Updated Nov 11, 2007

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    Also in the Gamla Stan and very close to the Stortorget is the Tyska Kyrka (German Church or also called St.Gertrude's). This church still has the character and style of the 17th century. I only took a quick peak inside the church (it was almost clossing time) but I was quite impressed. The beautiful stained glas windows, the richly gilded altar and a pulpit of ebony and alabaster. Looking through these photos makes me realize that next time I have to drop by for another visit to take a better look.

    Opening hours:
    Saturday and Sunday 12:00 - 16:00
    During the summer: daily: 12:00 - 16:00

    Window at the Tyska Kyrka The organ
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    Tyska Kyrkan

    by magor65 Written Sep 21, 2004

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    German Church of St. Gertrud reminds of the times when German influences in Stockholm were very strong, as Hanseatic League controlled the Baltic ports. Today the German congregation has about 1800 members, and every Sunday the service is celebrated here in German. One of the objects worth noticing inside is the unique pulpit of ebony with alabaster figures (1660). Its central position emphasizes the significance of sermon in Protestant church. On the right you can see richly decorated gallery built in 1672 for German members of royal family. In the church there are frequent presentations of Duben organ.

    organ in Tyska Kyrkan
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    Tyska Kyrkan

    by Elena77 Updated Oct 4, 2007

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    Tyska Kyrkan (the German church) is a symbol of the great influence that German merchants had on Stockholm back in the 16th century. At that time the Hanseatic League controlled trades at the Baltic Sea and many Germans settled down at Stockholm. That is also the reason why the urban development and the architectural structure of Gamla Stan (Stockholm's Old Town) is similar to the Northern German town of Lübeck.
    Though Germany's political influence faded after the "Stockholm Bloodbath" and Gustav Wasa coming into power in 1523, the cultural and economic influence remained unbroken. The German parish was established in 1571. Tyska Kyrkan was built between 1638-1642 as an extension of a former, smaller church. In 1672 the interior in the style of late German Renaissance and Baroque was enhanced by a gallery for the German members of the royalty. The pulpit made of ebony and alabaster is a masterpiece without equals in Sweden.

    The altar Interior with royal gallery The epigraph says: Fear God! Honour the King! Early 17th century Southern portal Tyska Kyrkan
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    Tyska kyrkan (The German Church)

    by Rupanworld Written Oct 20, 2008

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    Tyska kyrkan or the German Church is also sometimes referred St. Gertrude's Church is situated in Gamla stan. It is called the German Church as middle ages the area was in the centre of a German neighbourhood. Officially it is called St. Gertrude's or Sankta Gertrud, and it is dedicated to Saint Gertrude. it is very close to the Stortorget.

    As seen from Sodermalm

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    Tyska Kyrkan - the German Church

    by tini58de Updated May 10, 2006

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    The "Tyska Kyrkan" is the German Church and was built around 1640 by German merchants. The tower is 96 meters high. The interior of the church is different from many other churches I have seen. It is a baroque church with a (replica) of a 17th century Dübel organ, a beautiful pulpit of ebony and alabaster and a pompous King's loge.

    Unusual are the paintings on a wooden ceiling in the church and the stainded windows that were donated by Germans and depict phrases of the Lord's Prayer.

    Up to today the services in the Tyska Kyrkan are held in German, the German community has as many as 2000 members!

    Fear God - Honor the King inside the Tyska Kyrkan paintings on the ceiling of the Tyska Kyrkan stained windows

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    Tyska Kyrkan - German Church

    by Kathrin_E Written Oct 7, 2014

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    The former church of St Gertrud, one of the two large churches in Gamla Stan, is the parish church of the German-speaking community. German influence was strong. In the late middle ages the Hansa controlled the trade on the Baltic Sea, German merchants and craftsmen settled in Stockholm just like in many other port cities. Even when the power of the Hansa diminuished, economical and cultural contacts remained important and influential. That included the royal family - marriages with princesses (and recently, borgeois) from Germany occurred several times. The German members of the royal family have their own separate box in the church.

    The present church was erected around 1640 - in the era when Germany was devastated by the catastrophe of the Thirty Year War, the German community in Stockholm lived in peace and wealth.

    Among the impressive interieur and furniture, the pulpit with its elaborate carvings in wood and alabaster is the most remarkable piece. Also the altar and the galleries are richly ornated. By the way, this is a Lutheran church.

    German inscription over the gate of the churchyard Royal box
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    Another old church in the heart of Old Town

    by Zirpsis Written Apr 13, 2014

    The German Church (of Tyska kyrkan in Swedish) is sometimes referred to as the St. Gertrude Church. It is a mixture of gothic and baroque style and you can find it in the heart of Stockholm's Old Town. The main building is from ca 1640 and the tower from ca 1880. I was especially impressed by the beautiful glass paintings.

    Entrance to the German Church Steeple of the German Church, Stockholm Steeple of the German Church
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    Tyksa Kyrkan - the German Church

    by yooperprof Written Jan 11, 2004

    One of the dominant spires on the Stockholm skyline is that of the German Church, on Gamla Stan - rebuilt in the late 19th century, it reaches a height of 96 meters - 315 feet. It was originally built for the Germanic merchants of the Hanseatic League who settled on Gamla Stan and gave the island much of its Baltic heritage. Services are still held here in German, and the Church is also home to a variety of musical concerts throughout the year.

    Germania in the Baltic
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    Tyska Kyrkan

    by bpwillet Written Oct 29, 2003

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    One of the most astonishing churches in Stockholm. Built in the late 1500's, it's interior contains gallery paintings from 1660-65. The golden altar and ebony pulpit are worth seeing.

    Tyska Kyrkan-Gamla Stan
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    Tyska Kirkan

    by MichaelFalk1969 Written Aug 3, 2006

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    ... meaning the German Church, established by wealthy german merchants. Very beautiful glass-stained windows depicting not only religious scenes, but also people at work or family life.

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