There’s many churches in Stockholm we haven’t visit yet. I have promised you four chapters in my theme “The Stockholm Church Walk”. So lets take of on episode III and visit the four parishes in Vasastan and their churches. First out is the church named after the Swedish King Adolf Fredrik. On this HDR you can see the ceiling fresco in the cupola of the church. The fresco is painted by the Swedish artist Julius Kronberg and pictures scenes from the Bible. I will tell you more about this church in my next post.
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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.
Today’s HDR-picture is a close in on the beautiful pulpit, carved out of wood, in the Seglora church at Skansen in Stockholm. The pulpit is not the church’s original one, it comes from another church but I no information about its origin. On of the beautiful carved figures on the pulpit pictures Saint Matthew.
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.
I just want to show you one more HDR from the Church of Saint Peter and Saint Sigfrid in Stockholm. This on is a close-up on the choir. It was very dark here when I took my five exposures so I did not have much hope for a good result. But after uploading them to my laptop and processing it turned out, IMO, to be a very nice HDR. The triptych behind the altar comes from Oberammergau, carved from wood by Peter Rendl.
Tomorrow I will take you to the last church in this church walk. This church that also been moved from its original place but that was a much longer journey than the English church made.
The beautiful stained glass windows in the Church of Saint Peter and Saint Sigfrid, the English Church, are made by Morris & Co in London and the Swedish artist Einar Forseth. The largest and most beautiful of these windows is the one in the west end of the church. It’s dedicated to the Crown Princess Margaret of Sweden, the grandmother of our present King Carl XVI Gustav and the Danish Queen Margrethe II. The English born Princess Margaret of Connaught, grandchild of Queen Victoria, married Prince Gustaf Adolf of Sweden in 1905. Two years later she become the Crown Princess of Sweden when Gustav V ascended to the throne. But Margaret was never to be Queen of Sweden, in 1920 she sadly passed away while pregnant with her 6th child. However, Sweden still got a English born Queen. Crown Prince Gustaf Adolf married with Louise Mountbatten in 1923 and in 1950, when Gustaf VI Adolf ascended to the throne, Louise become Queen consort of Sweden.
The English church is normally only open for religious services, weddings, baptism and funerals. But in august it was open for visitors on Wednesdays so I had the opportunity to have a lock inside and capture a few HDR. Except for a few sun flares they turned out to be very beautiful IMO. Under this HDR from inside the church you can read about its interesting history.
The tradition of Anglican worship in Sweden dates back to the mid 1650’s. An Anglo-French Hugenot congregation formed in the later part of the 1600’s, holding services in both French and English. In 1741 the Swedish king Fredrick accepted a petition from the congregation to hold religious services in public. The church was supported by the Poor Box into which every English ship captain calling at Stockholm contributed 24 riksdaler.
In the mid 1800’s the congregation began to collect funds to build a church of its own. With generous grants from the British Government a site was purchased near Norra Bantorget. The foundation stone of the English Church of Saint Peter and Saint Sigfrid was laid and dedicated on 7 April 1863 and the church was completed and consecrated in 1866. But the church’s location at Rörstrandsgatan, later renamed Wallingatan, was considered to be undesirable with several brothels, a jail and a popular pub in the vicinity. So it was proposed that the whole building should be moved to a new location. The efforts of the Swedish Crown Princess Margaret, granddaughter of English Queen Victoria, made that move possible. In 1913 the church was moved stone by stone and reconstructed in an old Swedish military cemetery at Diplomatstaden.
The church is built in Neo-Gothic style, originally under the direction of Scottish architect James Souttar. The external walls are made of reddish sandstone from Södertälje, the inner walls are also sandstone, from Motala. The vaults of the tower are made of stone, and the rest of the church is vaulted in wood.
The crucifix you see hanging over the choir comes from Wellingborough, UK, and was dedicated in 1970.
Source: The homepage of the Anglican Episcopal Church of St Peter and St Sigfrid.