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Photo of the day: Sankt Nicolai kyrka, Sweden

December 8th, 2011

Tyska kyrkan (German church) in Stockholm | Photo credit: Flickr user Rob Pongsajapan

Photo credit: Flickr user Rob Pongsajapan

The Sankt Nikolai kyrka (Church of St Nicholas), more commonly known as Storkyrkan, or The Great Church, and Stockholms domkyrka (Stockholm Cathedral) is the oldest church in Gamla Stan, the “Old Town” district of Stockholm.

The church is believed to have been built in the late 1200s (according to documents mentioning it dated 1279) by the city’s founder Birger Jarl. For nearly four hundred years it existed as the only parish church in the city.

Because of its size and proximity to the earlier royal caste and present royal palace, the Storkyrkan is frequently the site of major events in Swedish history, including coronations, weddings, and funerals. The last Swedish king to be crowned within was Oscar II in 1873. And in 2010, the oldest daughter of King Carl XVI Gustaf and Queen Silvia, Crown Princess Victoria, wed fiance Daniel Westling  on the anniversary of her parents wedding at Storkyrkan in 1976.

The building’s façade, which is Baroque style, differs greatly from the Gothic-style interior designed by the city’s architect J.E. Carlberg. Annexes were included to the original structure at the end of the 18th century in attempt  to make the church more modern.

Check out this article on Sweden to learn more about the countries hidden secrets and surprises. 

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