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The Great Cathedral of Stockholm (Storkyrkan)

See the oldest known image of Stockholm, find interesting sculptures and attend live music events at this historic cathedral.

Visit The Great Cathedral of Stockholm (Storkyrkan) to find historical paintings and sculptures, listen to classical music recitals and enjoy art exhibitions. First cited in 1279, Stockholm’s cathedral is the oldest church in Gamla Stan (Old Town). It’s also a popular location for royal weddings and coronations.

Architecture and art enthusiasts will appreciate the cathedral’s interior. Check out the high Gothic-style vaulted ceiling. It dates back to the 15th century. Look for the 11-foot (3-meter) tall statue St. George and the Dragon. Swedish statesman Sten Sture commissioned the statue to honor Sweden’s victory over Denmark in the Battle of Brunkeberg.

Don’t miss seeing the copy of the oldest recognized image of Stockholm, called Vädersolstavlan (or Sun Dog Painting). Jacob Heinrich Elbfas painted it in 1636. It portrays an atmospheric occurrence that happened in Stockholm in 1535. The location of the original painting is unknown. Look for the large paintings in the cathedral, including two canvases by German-born artist David Klöcker Ehrenstrahl. They depict the Crucifixion and the Last Judgment. 

Come to the cathedral in the summer months to enjoy live music. For an extra fee, you can listen to organ and choir recitals of classical music, including pieces by Johann Sebastian Bach and Franz Schubert. Find the concert schedule on the cathedral’s official website. The cathedral also hosts art exhibitions. Previous exhibits include Images of Cristina, a collection of photos and manuscripts belonging to the former Swedish queen. 

Located on Gamla Stan, the Storkyrkan is adjacent to Stockholm Royal Palace. Pay-and-display street parking is available, but is limited and expensive. Public transportation, such as buses and tram, provides a more convenient option. Alternatively, the cathedral is a 15-minute walk from Stockholm’s Central Station.

Storkyrkan is open daily. Visitors under 18 can enter for free. The admission fee includes a guided tour in English. Check the cathedral’s official website for tour times. There’s a bilingual Swedish and English prayer once every morning.


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