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End of Church Walk part II

This is the last upload in the Church Walk through Stockholm part II. But I’m not finished with Stockholm churches. I will come back later with part III and the best churches in Vasastan. But I think we need a little break from the churches , at least I do! So tomorrow there be something different here.

Last upload from the Seglora church at Skansen is two HDR one exterior view and one from inside.

The Seglora church at Skansen, Stockholm.

Inside the Seglora church at Skansen, Stockholm.

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Posted by on August 28, 2011 in Church, Museum, Photo, Stockholm


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The Seglora Church

After a short walk across the Djurgården Bridge we arrive at the open air museum Skansen. Here we visit a small wooden church named Seglora kyrka. The Seglora church was originally built in Seglora parish, near Borås in the western part of Sweden, in 1729. In the beginning of the 1900’s this church was replaced by a larger church built out of stone and the wooden church was to be demolished. However Artur Hazelius, the founder of Skansen, wanted to have a church in his open air museum. His first plan was to build a copy of an existing church but when he found out the fate of the Seglora church he decided to save it for the after world. In 1916 the church council agreed to sell the Seglora church to the Nordic Museum and immediately the work started to move the church from Seglora to Skansen. On the 26th of May 1918 the move was completed and the church was again consecrated.

The ceiling paintings you can see in the HDR-picture below are made by the Gothenburg artist Sven Wernberg and pictures scenes from the life of Jesus. The altarpiece was made 1780 by the artist H. Fabriqueren Åhwall and replaced and older one. This was done after the Bischop had said “att Altare Taflan war nog gammal och af litet anseende”, “the Altarpiece is old and of small value”.

Even of the Seglora church serves as a museum, regular religious services are held here as well as concerts. Seglora is also a popular church for weddings and baptisms.

The altar in the Seglora church at Skansen, Stockholm.

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Posted by on August 26, 2011 in Church, History, Museum, Photo, Stockholm


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A look inside the Curch of Catherine

As we walk inside the Church of Catherine you can see that the altar has a modern style. The altar set from 1732 and the pulpit from 1753, designed by Carl Fredrik Adelcrantz, was destroyed in the fire 1990. So was also the altarpiece from 1735 by Lorentz Gottman which presented how Jesus Christ where carried in the temple. The new altar set is created by the sculptor Liss Eriksson and the textile artist Kajsa Melanton and is named “Närvaro genom frånvaro”, Presence by absence. It presents a Calvary scene which contains the cross, the shroud and the crown of thorns.

A view from inside the Church of Catherine in Stockholm, Sweden.

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Posted by on July 22, 2011 in Church, History, Photo, Stockholm


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Maria Magdalena church’s Altarpiece

Today’s HDR pictures are captured inside Maria Magdalena kyrka. On the first you can see the altarpiece and on the second a broader view from the middle of the church. Below the picture you can read a summary of the church’s and its parish’s history.

The altarpiece in the Maria Magdalena church, Stockholm, Sweden.

Aview from inside the Maria Magdalena church, Stockholm, Sweden.

The Maria Magdalena church is the oldest church at Södermalm, the south district of central Stockholm. The church’s early history is poorly documented but it’s known that in the early 1350’s the king Magnus Erikson, with the permission from the Pope, built a funeral chapel at the location of the present church. He dedicated this chapel to Mary Magdalene, Maria Magdalena in Swedish. This chapel was later destroyed after the protestant reformation in 1527. By order from King Gustav Vasa all churches, chapels and monasteries on the ridges surrounding Stockholm were destroyed. The reason for this was probably that enemies, loyal to the Danish King Christian II, had used the chapel for attacks against Stockholm.

The population in Södermalm grew rapidly in the late 1500’s but they did not have any church. King Johan III therefore decided to build a new church in the same location as the destroyed chapel. The construction of the new church started in 1588 but was halted after the King’s death in 1592. It was not until 1625 before the construction work was completed and the church was ready for services. In 1654 the population in Södermalm had grown so much that the parish was split in two, the eastern part formed the new Katarina’s parish, and the western part remained as Maria Magdalena’s parish. But it was not long before the Maria Magdalena church again was too small to accommodate all worshipers. The church was then enlarged two times in the later part of the 1600’s. The architects behind the original construction and the enlargements of the church in Baroque style were Nicodemus Tessin the Elder and his son Nicodemus Tessin the Younger.

In 1759 the church was destroyed along with 300 other buildings in Mariabranden, a large fire at Södermalm. Superintendent Carl Johan Cronstedt was commissioned to rebuild the church, a task he completed in 1763. The church’s exterior now got its present Rococo appearance except for the new tower spire that was not put in place until 1824. The church’s interior got present appearance a major renovation in 1926 under the supervision of the architect Lars Israel Wahlman. One year earlier the Maria Magdalena parish had been split in two when the new Högalid’s parish, with its newly built church, had been formed in the western part of Södermalm.

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Posted by on July 19, 2011 in Church, History, Stockholm


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