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    St.George and the Dragon, Storkyrkan
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    Inside the Storkyrkan

    by sim1 Updated Jun 9, 2007

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    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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    The organ of the Storkyrkan

    by sim1 Updated Feb 11, 2006

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    The organ of the Storkyrkan

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    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.

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    The Light Globe, Storkyrkan

    by sim1 Updated Feb 11, 2006

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    The Light Globe, Storkyrkan

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    Still impressed by all the artefacts I saw in the church, I slowly started walking back towards the entrance. At the end of the aisle you can find a more modern addition to the church. It is called "the Light Globe", and it is had been here since 1972. It is an assembly point for the lighting of the candles and prayers for the world that it represents. The globe is the work of the artist, Torolf Engström.

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    'The Last Judgement' in the Storkyrkan

    by sim1 Updated Feb 11, 2006

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    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.

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    St.George and the Dragon, Storkyrkan

    by sim1 Updated Feb 11, 2006

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    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.

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    The music in the Storkyrkan

    by sim1 Written Feb 6, 2006

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    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.

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    St.George and the Dragon, Storkyrkan

    by sim1 Written Feb 6, 2006

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    St.George and the Dragon, Storkyrkan

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    There is so much to see in this monument of St.George and the Dragon. The monument itself is huge and impressive, it is bigger than 'lifesize. My head didn't get any higher than only the base of the monument. And the statue was towering at least 2 meters high above that. But there are so many details as well. Like these carvings on the side of base of the statue.

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    St.George and the Dragon, Storkyrkan

    by sim1 Written Feb 6, 2006

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    St.George and the Dragon, Storkyrkan

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    This is a picture of a detail of the sculpture St.George and the Dragon.

    The reason for the sculpture was as a victory monument of the battle of Brunkeberg, where Sten Sture the Elder defeated the union King Christian I and his Swedish-Danish army (see my General tips for more about this battle). The monument was commissioned by Sten Sture the Elder. There is a lot of symbolism seen in this monument. Sten Sture the Elder was seen as St.George, who was victorious over the dragon (King Christian of Denmark) saving the princess (Sweden).

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    The Silver Altar in the Storkyrkan

    by sim1 Written Feb 6, 2006

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    The Silver Altar in the Storkyrkan

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    This is a picture of the Silver Altar. It is made of ebony and silver and was donated to the Cathedral in the 1650's by Councillor Johan Adler Salvius and his wife. The doors surrounding the altar are closed during Lent.
    Taking pictures in the Cathedral is not easy as it is not allowed to use flash inside. I didn't have any tripod with me either so I tried to make the best of the situation as I could. Hahaha, although that didn't really help in this picture, it is rather shaky and not very sharp ;-) A good trick is to lean against a big pillar to get some stability when you take a picture, that will help you to shake a bit less when you take a picture.

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    The Royal Pews in the Storkyrkan

    by sim1 Written Feb 6, 2006

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    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.

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    The Royal Pews in the Storkyrkan

    by sim1 Written Feb 6, 2006

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    Royal pew in the Storkyrkan

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    Only a few steps from the pulpit, in the middle of the Cathedral, you can see the two Royal pews. 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.

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    The Pulpit in the Storkyrkan

    by sim1 Updated Feb 6, 2006

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    The Pulpit in the Storkyrkan

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    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.

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    The Storkyrkan, Cathedral of Stockholm

    by sim1 Written Feb 6, 2006

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    Tower of the Storkyrkan in the Gamla Stan

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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.

    So if you like, please follow me inside the Cathedral, and I'll give you a virtual tour through this beautiful church in the next few tips :-)

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