The echoing silence of a church’s sanctuary always seem to enrich the soul with a spiritual goodness. The churches in Stockholm, with their architectural grandeur and secular histories make one feel wonder and awe along with the spirituality too. Which is why, even though the churches in Stockholm, Sweden have a low record of worshippers’ attendance, visits from tourists give it no sign of desuetude.
9 Magnificent Churches In Stockholm One Must Visit
Listed below are some of the most popular churches in Stockholm that should definitely be on your checklist if you’re planning a trip there.
1. The Riddarholm Church
The Riddarholm Church or Riddarholmskyrkan located on the island of Riddarholmen in Stockholm is one of the oldest churches in the city. Built in the 13th century by the Franciscan monks, the Riddarholmen Church in Stockholm mostly holds services for commemorative events and burials. Past the stunning brick facade, one would find mausoleums that are plain yet like lifelike effigies, the lower walls adorned with shields of royal family members or knights and the lofty tower that has a clock on each face.
Timings : 10:00am – 5:00pm daily
Entry Fee : SEK 50 / 20kr (included in the city pass)
How to reach : Easy access via footbridge from the Gamla Stan Tunnelbana Station
2. Stockholm Cathedral
The oldest church in Stockholm, the Stockholm Cathedral or Storkyrkan is generally referred to as the ‘Great Church’ owing to its towering demeanor displaying the late-Gothic style of architecture. The most attractive features of this church are the Royal Pews, a canopy of a royal crown above marble boxes, and the important pieces of art it houses – including the famous sculpture of Saint George and the Dragon, a 1489 carved oak sculpture, etc. This is one of the best English speaking churches in Stockholm.
Timing : 9:00am – 4:00pm
Entry Fee : 60 Kr (free for child)
3. Gustav Vasa Church
Restrained Baroque beauty that towers high, the Gustav Vasa Church is an entity in itself with a 200-feet dome punctuated by oval windows and topped by a verdigris green lantern, the compound occupying an entire city block by itself. Magnificent 360-degree views of the city offered at this church in Stockholm is what attracts tourists towards it. Gorgeous murals, paintings and sculptures add to the beauty of the interiors, but it is the 49-foot high altarpiece that remains the most arresting feature of the church – it is known to be Sweden’s largest sculpture,
Timing : 11:00am – 6:00pm daily
4. Oscar’s Church
The Oscar’s Church is an asymmetrical Gothic revival church that boasts of a 260-foot tower with four clock faces and gargoyles. It is an impressive marble and limestone structure sporting a rose window, pinnacles and multiple spirals, as well as an organ with 5,200 pipes that was added in the year 1949, making it one of the largest in Sweden. Walking through the blissful serenity of the church, one would find themselves in awe at the exceptional stained glass windows – known to be the most significant set in Sweden.
5. Hedvig Eleonora Church
An impressive octagonal church that sports a deep yellow facade and has a stunning dome topped by a lantern with clocks, the Hedvig Eleonora Church is a popular choice for weddings, concerts, christenings and funerals. A brilliant epitome of Swedish baroque architecture, this church in Stockholm stands proudly at the centre of the Ostermalm district overlooking the bustling Ostermalm markets. The airy interiors courtesy of the round and arched windows, the elaborate chandeliers, unusual colours of the eight columns and the famous Crucifixion painting behind the altar makes the Hedvig Eleonora Church an interesting visit.
Timings : 11:00 am – 6:00 pm (Sundays & public holidays – Fair at 11:00 am) (Thursdays – Lunch Fair at 12:15pm)
6. Tyska Kyrkan
Standing tall and one of the most important landmarks of the Old Town, this 86 m church is visible from all key vantage points within Old Town and beyond the waters. The services (German) and the music at this church is poignant and makes for a great start to the day. The ornate gate adjacent to the church’s garden is embossed in gold and is one of the key attractions of the church.
Timing : 11:00am – 3:00pm (from Sep 1st 2018 onwards)
(Closed on Tuesdays and Thursdays)
Entry Fee : 30kr / 20kr (Free for children below 10 years)
7. St Jacobs Kyrkan
Another of the English speaking churches in Stockholm, St. Jacobs Church is known for its music, having its own vocal ensemble and chamber market. Located close to the Royal Opera and just across the Royal Palace, this church sports an attractive red terracotta facade that stands out from amidst its neighbours.
Timing : 12:00pm – 4:00pm
(Closed on Mondays)
8. The Philadelphia Church
The Philadelphia Church or Filadelfiakyrkan has a unique style of architecture which is quite different from the traditional structure of churches. Located in Rostrandsgatan, this church belonging to the Swedish Pentacostal Movement opened in 1930. It is one of the most popular pentacostal churches in Stockholm. Forever active with various events like worship services, children’s activities or concerts, this church offers a unique experience too its visitors.
Timing : 1:00pm – 5:00pm
9. St. Eric’s Cathedral
Located at the southern part of Stockholm in Sodermalm, the St. Eric’s Cathedral is one of the most important Catholic churches in Stockholm. Constructed in 1892, this church displays a stunning architecture of red and gray stone on the exterior and a magnificently tranquil ambience inside.
The churches in Stockholm have a rejuvenating way of connecting you with the history and culture of the city. Don’t forget to add them to your Stockholm itinerary.But, before that make sure to take a glimpse of the customizable Stockholm holiday trips with TravelTriangle and experience a getaway like never before!