Riddarholmen, the island of the knights is a very small island in the middle of the city, right next to Gamla stan and a stone throw from the Parliament and castle.
In the 12th or 13th century there was a monastery here and the brothers were called the gray monks and for a long time the island was called "Gråmunkeholmen". During the reformation the swedish King Gustav Vasa "confiscated" the monastery. A very old church was earlier built on the island. That church is Riddarholmskyrkan. It was the church of the swedish nobility and it is also the last resting place for many, many swedish Kings and Queens.
Among the rulers to rest here are: The Caroloingian Kings Charles X, XI and XII (XII being the warrior King who lost the Swedish "superpowerhood"). Charles XII was killed in Norway in 1718 during a fight with the norwegians. King Gustav II Adolf who died at the battle of Lützen in 1632 is also here along with his gustavian dynasty and there is a third chamber here intended for the present royal dynasty, the bernadottes.
Also very interesting is the presence of the tomb of King Magnus Ladulås, a 13th century "swedish" king, probably the strongest advocate of a strong rule for ages...
The white part of the church in the picture is the carolingian chapel.
Directions: east of gamla stan
Riddarsholmen is a very small island situated a short hop from Gamla Stan. Its main feature is Riddersholmkyrkan, which casts an almighty presence with its tall spire.
Construction of the original church was started by monks in the 13th century.
Directions: West of Gamla Stan
Riddarholmskyrkan (The Church of Riddarholmen) is the burial church of the Swedish monarchy. It is one of the oldest buildings in Stockholm, parts of it dating to the late 13th century, when it was built as a greyfriars monastery. After the Protestant Reformation, the monastery was closed and the building turned into a Protestant Church. However, the congregation was dissolved in 1807, and today the church is only used for burial and commemorative purposes.
Ask the person in the ticket office to tell you about the different family weapons inside the church and their histories. In addition, inside the church you will find a statue depicting the tale of "St. George and the Dragon."
Directions: Close to The Old Town and the Royal Palace. Once you cross the bridge, it will be directly on your left.
Along the way towards Gamla Stan, we saw this beautiful architecture, Riddarholmskyrkan. It is also known as the Church of Riddarholmen since it was built on the island of Riddarholmen. The church is only used for burial purposes now and it is where the Swedish monarchy was buried.
Just next to the old town (Gamla Stan), you wil find the little island of Riddarholmen. On that island, you can see the tower of the Riddarholms Church--the tower can be seen from many places around the city and is a well known landmark of Stockholm.
Though church services no longer take place here, it is still used for burials and the church has been the royal burial place since the year 1290! Here you'll find the chapel of Gustav II and the tomb of Karl XII, two very important people from Swedish history.
The church is open every day from May until August until 4 PM and there is a charge of 20 Swedish Krone to get in.
Burial place of Swedish Kings. Parts of the Church date from the 13th century, although the distinctive spire is a nineteenth century addition. Unfortunately the interior of the church is closed to visitors from October to May (!).
Address: Birger Jarl's Torg, Riddarholmen
This medieval church was built as a Franciskan monastery church in 1270 - and is the only remaining building from this convent. During the last 400 years it has been used as a burial church for the Swedish monarchy and aristocracy - and since 1807 the church is no longer in use for congregational practice.
The caractheristic spire made of wrought iron was drawed by E.G.Gøthe after a thunderstorm in 1835 - but has since been restored.
Address: Gamla stan
The Riddarholmen Church, Stockholm, is Sweden´s Pantheon. Stockholm´s only remaining abbey was built in the late 1200s for the Franciscans. The church is the royal burial church of the Swedish kings, queens and aristocracy.
During opening hours there is an english guided tour every hour.
Address: Birger Jarls Torg
Directions: On the island of Gamla Stan.
Take a walk around Riddarkyrkan
One of the oldest, if not the oldest church in Sweden still standing. The original building was put up in the middle-late 13th Century, and became the Royal Church with the Royal Families from that time to the (almost) present buried in vaults that have been added to the original as time progressed.
Directions: In the centre of Riddarholmen island, just West of the Old Town. Tube 'Gamla Stan', eg busses 3, 4, 42, 53.
This 13th century church is the final resting place of swedish Monarchs starting with Gustav Aldohus (1632).
The Northern facade of Riddarholmskyrkan comes on Birger Jarls Torg square.
The monument to the founder of the city Birger Jarls is established in the centre of the square.