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Old March 29th, 2015, 06:24 AM   #1
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Churches and Cathedrals of Sweden

Sweden has a wealth of cathedrals and churches that are well-preserved and represent a good variety in architecture styles.

The Church of Sweden is divided into fifteen dioceses, each with a bishop and cathedral chapter (Swedish: domkapitel).

Diocese: Archdiocese of Uppsala
Seat: Uppsala
Cathedral: Uppsala Cathedral

Uppsala, Sweden, 2013 August 1016 by tango-, on Flickr

Diocese: Diocese of Linköping
Seat: Linköping
Cathedral: Linköping Cathedral

Linköping Cathedral Night Shots by Boystead, on Flickr

Diocese: Diocese of Skara
Seat: Skara
Cathedral: Skara Cathedral

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Diocese: Diocese of Strängnäs
Seat: Strängnäs
Cathedral: Strängnäs Cathedral

01-030 by hartan2013, on Flickr

Diocese: Diocese of Västerås
Seat: Västerås
Cathedral: Västerås Cathedral

Västerås domkyrka by hgot07, on Flickr

Diocese: Diocese of Växjö
Seat: Växjö
Cathedral: Växjö Cathedral

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Diocese: Diocese of Kalmar
Seat: Kalmar
Cathedral: Kalmar Cathedral

Kalmar Cathedral by henriksundholm.com, on Flickr

Diocese: Diocese of Lund
Seat: Lund
Cathedral: Lund Cathedral

The magnificent Lunds domkyrka or Lund Cathedral by Beth M527, on Flickr

Diocese: Diocese of Gothenburg
Seat: Gothenburg
Cathedral: Gothenburg Cathedral

Domkyrka by Tohtouf, on Flickr

Diocese: Diocese of Mariestad
Seat: Mariestad
Cathedral: Mariestad Cathedral

Mariestads domkyrka by b9jedi, on Flickr

Diocese: Diocese of Karlstad
Seat: Karlstad
Cathedral: Karlstad Cathedral

Karlstads Domkyrka by Cai Franke, on Flickr

Diocese: Diocese of Härnösand
Seat: Härnösand
Cathedral: Härnösand Cathedral

Härnösands domkyrka by greinsmark, on Flickr

Diocese: Diocese of Luleå
Seat: Luleå
Cathedral: Luleå Cathedral

Luleå Domkyrka-4 (1 av 1) by lars.laitila, on Flickr

Diocese: Diocese of Visby
Seat: Visby
Cathedral: Visby Cathedral

loevik_140607_6284-ON1-PE8 by wazabees, on Flickr

Diocese: Diocese of Stockholm
Seat: Stockholm
Cathedral: Stockholm Cathedral

Storkyrkan tower at Gamla Stan by timohannukkala, on Flickr
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Very nice dj4life. I will enjoy this.
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Just the churches of Stockholm will be enough for one thread. Thanks for this thread, I will follow it. But I have tips like Tyska kyrkan, hedvig eleonora kyrka gustav vasas kyrka, katarina kyrka and Adolf Fredriks kyrka and so many more.
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Just the churches of Stockholm will be enough for one thread. Thanks for this thread, I will follow it. But I have tips like Tyska kyrkan, hedvig eleonora kyrka gustav vasas kyrka, katarina kyrka and Adolf Fredriks kyrka and so many more.
You are right. I will do my best to present as many churches as possible. However, everybody is invited to contribute as well.
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Uppsala Cathedral

Let's continue with the more detailed presentation of the Cathedrals.

Uppsala Cathedral (Swedish: Uppsala domkyrka) is a Cathedral located centrally in the city of Uppsala, Sweden. It dates back to the late 13th century and at a height of 118.7 m is the tallest church building in Scandinavia. Originally built under Roman Catholicism and used for coronations of the Swedish monarch, since the Protestant Reformation, it has been controlled by the Lutheran Church of Sweden. It is the seat of the Archbishop of Uppsala, the primate of Sweden.
In the Middle Ages, when all houses in Uppsala except the churches were one- or two-storey structures made of wood or sometimes bricks, the cathedral must have seemed even more enormous than today. The church was not the regular place of worship of laypeople until the Reformation. It was reserved for official services of the Catholic Church hierarchy (by the cathedral's canons). The parish churches in Uppsala were the Holy Trinity Church, or "Farmers' Church" (Swedish: Bondkyrkan) as it was often called; Saint Peter's church (Swedish: S:t Pers kyrka); Our Lady's Church (Swedish: Vår Fru); and a Franciscan friary. The last three had been built on the east side of the Fyris River (Swedish: Fyrisån), which was (and is) the central business district. They were successively torn down during the Reformation.
The Cathedral was also the coronation church for many of Sweden's kings and queens. It was the site of celebrating coronations from the Middle Ages until the end of the 17th century. Thereafter, up until 1872 (when Oscar II was the last Swedish monarch to be ceremonially crowned), Stockholm's Cathedral Storkyrkan was the official coronation church.
The biggest bell in Sweden, called Thornan, hangs in the northern tower of Uppsala Cathedral, having replaced bells destroyed in the Uppsala Fire of 1702. It was taken from Toruń, Poland as war booty in 1703 by Swedish forces of Carl XII during the Great Northern War.

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Interior:

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Uppsala's Domkyrka by Alocai, on Flickr



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Uppsala Cathedral XI by H Sundholm (henriksundholm.com), on Flickr

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Uppsala Cathedral V by H Sundholm (henriksundholm.com), on Flickr

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Uppsala Cathedral VI by H Sundholm (henriksundholm.com), on Flickr

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Uppsala Domkyrka by Charlène Laliberté, on Flickr

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Uppsala domkyrka 2 by Martinpersson74, on Flickr

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Uppsala domkyrka 3 by Martinpersson74, on Flickr

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Uppsala domkyrka 5 by Goutkin, on Flickr

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Uppsala Cathedral X by H Sundholm (henriksundholm.com), on Flickr

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King Gustav's Guardian Angel by brcallahan, on Flickr

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Aura by Klara_bella, on Flickr

A number of Swedish kings and notable people were buried inside the cathedral:

Gustav Vasa, 16th century, King of Sweden. He is buried with his three wives, although only two are depicted on the sarcophagus designed by Willem Boy. The king was interred in what was once the Chapel of the Virgin Mary. The only remaining indication of the original intention of the chapel are the painted yellow stars against a blue background on its vaulted ceiling, symbols of Saint Mary in Catholic tradition,

John III of Sweden (son of Gustav Vasa) and his wife Catherine Jagiellon,

Carolus Linnaeus, 18th century world-renowned botanist,

Olaus Rudbeck, famous Swedish polymath and one of the discoverers of the lymphatic system (He also wrote Atlantica, a book in which he attempted to demonstrate that all peoples of the world originated in Sweden, and that Uppsala was the lost Atlantis),

Emanuel Swedenborg, 18th century scientist and mystic. He was not originally interred here, but his remains were transported to Uppsala from England in 1908,

Nathan Söderblom, 19th-20th century notable archbishop, Nobel Peace Prize recipient,

Eric the Saint, 12th century king and national saint,

Laurentius Petri, Sweden's first Lutheran archbishop,

Relics of Saint Bridget (Heliga Birgitta) and remains of her parents were placed in the chapel of Saint Eric,

Folke Johansson Ängel, Archbishop of Uppsala (1267–1277).

The tomb of 16th century Swedish king, Gustav Vasa, located in the back of Dom Kyrka behind the altar

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Final Resting Place of Gustav Vasa by brcallahan, on Flickr

John III of Sweden (son of Gustav Vasa) and his wife Catherine Jagiellon

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Uppsala Domkyrka by Charlène Laliberté, on Flickr

In the cathedral is a small memorial to Dag Hammarskjöld, former Secretary-General of the United Nations, who was posthumously awarded the Nobel Peace Prize. A stone bears the inscription:

Icke jag
utan Gud i mig
Dag Hammarskjöld 1905 – 1961

The English translation is "Not I, but God in me."
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Magnificent. I enjoyed the highly detailed discussion - a rich and ancient history.

The altar is quite beautiful and it looks like there is an altar screen in front: quite unusual for Lutheran churches here but I have seen them in German churches. It is interesting to see the relation between its earlier Catholic history and Lutheranism.

Thanks for the Dag Hammarskjöld reference. I have great respect for him and his faith.
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The German Church (German: Deutsche Kirche, Swedish: Tyska kyrkan), sometimes called St. Gertrude's Church (Swedish: Sankta Gertruds kyrka), is a church in Gamla stan, the old town in central Stockholm, Sweden. It was built in the 14th century, however it was first a German guild of St. Gertrude and wasn't rebuilt as a church until the late 1500s.

Diocese: Archdiocese of Stockholm
Seat: German Saint Gertrude
Cathedral: The German Church

0366 - Sweden, Stockholm HDR by Barry Mangham, on Flickr

Tyska Kyrkan by Paolo Rosa, on Flickr

Tyska Kyrkan Organ by Bertram Ernest, on Flickr

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Diocese: Archdiocese of Stockholm
Seat: Gustaf Vasa Parish
Cathedral: Gustaf Vasa Church

Gustaf Vasa Church (Swedish: Gustaf Vasa kyrka) is a church located in the Vasastaden district of Stockholm, Sweden. Inaugurated in 1906 and named after 16th century King Gustav Vasa, it was designed by architect Agi Lindegren in the Baroque Revival style. Situated between two busy avenues partially lined with trees, its dome rises 60 metres (200 ft) above the nearby Odenplan plaza. The floor plan is in the shape of a Greek cross and seats 1,500 people, making it one of the largest churches in Stockholm.

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Gustav vasa kyrka by bolivardogman, on Flickr

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Exquisite altar.
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Solna Church (Swedish: Solna kyrka) is is a so-called round church in Solna Municipality near Stockholm, Sweden. The church is located on the headland between Brunnsviken and Ulvsundasjön, at the southern end of the cemetery Norra begravningsplatsen. The oldest parts of the church are from the later 12th century, a Romanesque fortress church built in stone.

Diocese: Archdiocese of Stockholm
Seat: Solna Parish
Cathedral: Solna Church

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Saint James's Church (Swedish: Sankt Jacobs kyrka) is a church in central Stockholm, Sweden, dedicated to apostle Saint James the Greater, patron saint of travellers. It is often mistakenly called St Jacob's. The confusion arises because Swedish, like many other languages, uses the same name for both James and Jacob.

Arguably the most central church in the Swedish capital, surrounded by the popular park Kungsträdgården, the Royal Opera, the square Gustav Adolfs torg; and near Sergels torg, the Royal Palace, and governmental office Rosenbad, the parish of the church was limited to 150 souls in the late 1980s, and was thus merged into the parish of the Stockholm Cathedral in 1989.

Diocese: Archdiocese of Stockholm
Seat: Stockholms Parish
Cathedral: Saint James's Church

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St. Jakobs Kyrka by poe1977, on Flickr

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Katarina kyrka (Church of Catherine) is one of the major churches in central Stockholm, Sweden. The original building was constructed 1656–1695. It has been rebuilt twice after being destroyed by fires, the second time during the 1990s. The Katarina-Sofia borough is named after the parish and the neighbouring parish of Sofia.

Construction of the church started during the reign of Charles X of Sweden, and the church is named after Princess Catherine, mother of the king, wife of John Casimir, Palsgrave of Pfalz-Zweibrücken and half-sister of Gustavus Adolphus. The original architect was Jean de la Vallée. The construction was severely delayed due to shortage of funds.

Diocese: Archdiocese of Stockholm
Seat: Katarina parish
Cathedral: Church of Catherine

Stockholm - Katarina Kyrka by diesmali, on Flickr

Katarina kyrka, Stockholm by Gösta Knochenhauer, on Flickr

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St. John's Church (Swedish: S:t Johannes kyrka) is a church located in the Norrmalm district of Stockholm, Sweden. It was designed by Carl Möller in the Gothic Revival style and competed in 1890.

Diocese: Archdiocese of Stockholm
Seat: St. John's parish
Cathedral: St. John's Church

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Saint James's Church (Swedish: Sankt Jacobs kyrka) is a church in central Stockholm, Sweden, dedicated to apostle Saint James the Greater, patron saint of travellers. It is often mistakenly called St Jacob's. The confusion arises because Swedish, like many other languages, uses the same name for both James and Jacob.

Arguably the most central church in the Swedish capital, surrounded by the popular park Kungsträdgården, the Royal Opera, the square Gustav Adolfs torg; and near Sergels torg, the Royal Palace, and governmental office Rosenbad, the parish of the church was limited to 150 souls in the late 1980s, and was thus merged into the parish of the Stockholm Cathedral in 1989.

Diocese: Archdiocese of Stockholm
Seat: Stockholms Parish
Cathedral: Saint James's Church

St. Jakobs Kyrka 성당 내부 by 아침놀, on Flickr
This is hauntingly beautiful. The soft golden light creates a warm atmosphere.
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Adolf Fredrik Church (Swedish: Adolf Fredriks kyrka) is a church in central Stockholm, Sweden, named after Adolf Frederick. It was built in 1768-1774, replacing a wooden chapel from 1674, which was dedicated to Saint Olof.

Its cemetery is where René Descartes was first buried in 1650, before his remains were moved to France. Inside the church a memorial to the memory of Descartes was installed by Gustav III. Other famous people buried in the church cemetery include Swedish Prime Minister Olof Palme, who was assassinated only a block from the church, Prime Minister Hjalmar Branting, physicist Carl Benedicks, and the composer Anders Eliasson.

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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.[2] 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.

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One more picture of Uppsala Cathedral:

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Thank you very much for keeping this thread alive, EagleswordTW!
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Oscar's Church (Swedish: Oscarskyrkan) is one of the major churches in Stockholm, Sweden. The three-aisled hall church, which holds 1,250 people, has an 80 m (260 ft) high tower in the south-western part of the building. Oscar's Church is located in the south-eastern part of Östermalm, where Storgatan and Narvavägen meet, near the Swedish History Museum. Narvavägen is together with the nearby Strandvägen—from which the church is also visible—one of the city's main boulevards, lined with several residential palaces.

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Ulriksdals slottskapell was built in 1865 on order by King Charles XV of Sweden and is located in Ulriksdal outside of Stockholm. It was built after the previous one was destroyed and it have been at least two chapels on the same spot before, the first one was built in 1660.

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Lund Cathedral

The Lund Cathedral (Swedish: Lunds domkyrka) is the Lutheran cathedral in Lund, Scania, Sweden. It is the seat of the bishop of Lund of the Church of Sweden.
The church was built of sandstone following the Romanesque style of Lombardy (Northern Italy) and the Rhine region (Germany). These influences are evident in the floorplan, the crypt and the arched gallery that decorate the upper floor of the apse.

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The towers

The cathedral's towers stand 55 meters high and are, with their pyramidical roofs, a landmark on the skyline of Lund and clearly visible from the surrounding wide plain. The towers are not open to the general public. The oldest church bell was made in 1513.


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The entrance

Two bronze doors built by Carl Johan Dyfverman serve as the main entrance. They hold 24 reliefs with motives from the Bible, particularly the Old Testament. Above the doorway, a concrete pediment has three holy men as motives: Jesus Christ, Canute IV of Denmark, and Saint Lawrence.

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Interior

As a typical Romanesque building, Lund Cathedral is distinctively dark, with only small windows to allow sunshine to pass through. The Latin-cross church has three aisles and a transept. The quire (under the crossing) has splendid gothic choir stalls from the 1370s. The gothic winged-altarpiece of the main chapel of the apse dates from 1398.
The cathedral's south aisle has an information counter, a globe of light and various exhibitions.

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Astronomical clock

The astronomical clock of the cathedral, the Horologium mirabile Lundense, was made around 1424. After having been in storage since 1837, it was restored and put back in place in 1923.

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