In this week’s episode of Stock photos weekly, we bring you a few of the best-looking portals in Stockholm. I have covered some of them when I talked about portals in Stockholm’s Old Town (Gamla stan) but not all of our stock images come from this little island as there are many interesting entrances all over the Swedish capital.
The first of the pair of portals that I have not yet covered is the portal at Kristineberg Palace (Kristinebergs slott) on Kungsholmen in the western part of the city. The mid-18th-century palace today stands in a lively neighbourhood surrounded by a park. While the wings belonging to Kristineberg Palace are used by the nearby elementary school, the main building is the home of a few lucky residents.
However, the portal is not the only interesting element of this historical building. There is also the interesting campanile on the roof and the terrace in the backyard, which was obviously added some time after the completion of the building and gives this side of the palace a distinct feel.
The other portal that needs our attention belongs to Saint James’s Church (Sankt Jacobs kyrka) located right next to the Royal Swedish Opera and Kungsträdgården. This church with a bright red façade has long and interesting history dating back to the Middle Ages.
A chapel mentioned as early as 1311 was the first religious construction in the location. Over a century later, a church was built there which was later demolished following the orders of King Gustav Vasa. This tells us that the church was made of brick as the king was in need of bricks to construct defensive structures, which was the reason behind demolition of multiple buildings in the city around the same time.
In 1580, King John III was the one who had a new church built by Kungsträdgården. It was completed a few years later but its design was likely significantly different from what we can observe today since it has undergone a great number of reconstructions and reparations over the course of the past five centuries.
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