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The choir in the English Church

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 choir in the Church of Saint Peter and Saint Sigfrid, the the Anglican Episcopal Church in Stockholm.  You can read more about this church at my blog! [The English Church]

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Posted by on August 25, 2011 in Church, Photo, Stockholm

 

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Dedicated to Crown Princess Margaret

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 stained glass window in the west end of the Church of Saint Peter & Saint Sigfrid (the English Church) in Stockholm. This piece of art is dedicated to the late Crown Princess of Sweden Margaret.  You can read more about this church at my blog! [The English Church] And about Crown Princess Margaret here! [Dedicated to Crown Princess Margaret]

 
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Posted by on August 24, 2011 in Church, History, Photo, Stockholm

 

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The English Church from inside

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.

A view from inside the Church of Saint Peter and Saint Sigfrid, the the Anglican Episcopal Church in Stockholm.  You can read more about this church at my blog! [The English Church]

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.

 
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Posted by on August 23, 2011 in Church, History, Photo, Stockholm

 

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Under the organ loft in the Church of Oscar

The logical picture to show today would be one of the organ in the church. But instead I will upload a HDR with a view from under the organ loft. Compared with other church organs the one in the Church of Oscar is not the most eye-catching. But the fact that the Church of Oscar is well-known for its music shows that without a doubt that the organ sounds great. It’s original built by Marcussen & Søn in Aabenraa, Denmark, in 1949 and have 78 organ stops. However IMO the most beautiful features of this church are the vault, arches and the stained glass windows. From the two HDR I upload today you’ll get a whole impression of this church.

A view from under the organ loft in the Church of Oscar at Östermalm, Stockholm.

A look inside the Church of Oscar at Östermalm, Stockholm.

 
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Posted by on August 21, 2011 in Church, Photo, Stockholm

 

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The choir in the Church of Oscar

The choir in the Church of Oscar has changed its appearance through the years. From the original choir now only the altar ring remains.

Gustav Hermansson’s neo-gothic altar was replaced during the second renovation of the church in the mid 1950’s. The New altar is a high relief made out of gold-bronze made by the sculptor John Lundqvist and pictures life and death.

The stained glass window above the altar, made by the Norwegian artist Emanuel Vigeland, was added during the first renovation of the church in the early 1920’s. The colourful stained glass window pictures the return of the lost son. Vigeland got his inspiration for this work from medieval glass paintings in French cathedrals.

The fresco-secco paintings in the choir are also made during the first renovation. The paintings pictures flowers, plants and different religious symbols placed in landscapes and are made by the Swedish artist Filip Månsson.

To enjoy all this beautiful art the HDR should be viewed in full format.

The choir in the Church of Ocscar at Östermalm, Stockholm.

 
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Posted by on August 20, 2011 in Church, History, Photo, Stockholm

 

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The pipe organ in the Church of Hedvig Eleonora

Today we look at some more beautiful inventories in the Church of Hedvig Eleonora. The present pipe organ is the 6th in the church’s history. It’s built by Grönlunds Orgelbyggeri, delivered 1976, and has 58 organ stops. However 20 of those organ stops are remains from three of the organ’s predecessors. The facade of the organ remains as it was originally built after Carl Fredrik Adelcrantz’s design in 1762. To the left you can see the baptismal chapel with the stained glass window called “Andreaskorst”, “The Andrew Cross”, made by Bengt Olof Kälde 1936.

The pipe organ in the Church of Hedvig Eleonora at Södermalm, Stockholm.  If you want to know more about this church  you can read about her at my blog!  [The Church of Hedvig Eleonora]  And about the organ here!

 
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Posted by on August 9, 2011 in Church, Photo, Stockholm

 

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The organ loft in the Church of Sophia

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.

A view towards the organ loft in the Church of Sophia at Södermalm, Stockholm.

 
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Posted by on July 26, 2011 in Church, History, Photo, Stockholm

 

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