As I mentioned in yesterday’s post that I think that Sofia kyrka is one of the most beautiful churches in Stockholm. This counts for Sophia’s exterior view, the Neo-Romanesque architecture and its magnificent location. However a look inside is IMO a great disappointment and spoils the whole impression of this church. The original look inside by Olle Hjortzberg was radically changed under a major renovation in the end of the 1940’s. Sweden’s leading church architect of that time, Lars Israel Wahlman, led this renovation. He wanted to bring more harmony into the church’s interior and let the details submit to the whole picture. For example, the frescoes of Olle Hjortzberg where painted over, the stained glass window in the altar wall was removed and walled. However was Olle Hjortzberg’s stained glass window preserved and you can now see it in the wall above the organ. The organ itself was manufactured at Magnussons Orgelbyggeri AB in 1951 and has 26 organ stops.
The organ loft in the Church of Sophia