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It is fair to say that the history of churches in Stockholm is about as rich as the history of the Swedish capital itself. The oldest church on the list, or at least its oldest parts, have survived since the 12th century and it is the Bromma Church (Bromma kyrka).
Surprisingly, it is not located in the city centre which is why others can be considered Stockholm’s oldest churches as some historic sites including the Bromma Church itself were not technically standing in Stockholm at the time of their creation.
During the Middle Ages, it often took decades and even centuries to complete monumental structures that the preserved churches from this era certainly are. You can find religious buildings that are at least a couple of centuries old in every historical district of Stockholm.
Perhaps the biggest construction boom Stockholm has ever experienced took place around the turn of the twentieth century. Some of the most impressive churches in the city also come from this period, including Oscar’s Church, Högalid Church, Gustaf Vasa Church and others.
Now that you have a very brief overview of the history of Stockholm’s religious architecture scene, let’s dive into the actual list of buildings from A to Z.
Located in Norrmalm on the side of Sveavägen leading virtually directly to the heart of the city, sits the 18th-century Adolf Fredrik Church (Adolf Fredriks kyrka). The elegant facades, which are nearly original, are complemented by the churchyard that has been around since the mid-1600s. Step inside and you will get to admire plentiful historical artefacts, some older than the church itself.
Not only is Bromma Church (Bromma kyrka) one of the oldest buildings standing in today’s Stockholm, it is also one of only three remaining fortress churches. Its long existence is clearly visible from the outside as the building consists of seven distinct parts built over many centuries. Despite that, Bromma Church appears harmonious and elegant even in the modern day, still surrounded by a calm neighbourhood.
Visible from afar, Engelbrekt Church (Engelbrektskyrkan) is a typical example of an early-20th-century architectural masterpiece. The red-brick façade contrasted by pleasant greenery and, ideally, blue skies fits perfectly in the rather upscale district dominated by massive villas and residential houses. While the construction materials and shapes play the main role when it comes to the aesthetics, the interior of Engelbrekt Church is also enchanted by a number of paintings from some of Sweden’s most renowned artists.
Many churches in Stockholm come with intriguing stories, but none comes quite close to the one that the English Church can tell. The building was originally built in the second half of the 1800s by the Anglicans. However, it turns out they did not like the neighbourhood housing a number of adult entertainment venues and a jail as the residence for their church. Hence, they decided to simply move the entire building to another city part which is why today, you will get to admire the English Church (Engelska kyrkan) in the exclusive ‘Diplomatic City’ (Diplomatstaden) at the edge of the Östermalm district.
You might not know that Germans played a significant role in the establishment of Stockholm as an internationally recognised capital. In the early days, they occupied important positions in the City Council and formed a considerable portion of the city’s population. Therefore, they also got to build a church at what is now one of the most central locations in the city. The German Church (Tyska kyrkan) dating from the 14th century is among the most adorned buildings in the Old Town of Stockholm (Gamla stan).
Another representative of the 20th-century churches in Stockholm, Gustaf Vasa Church (Gustaf Vasa kyrka) is the largest church in the city measured by the number of seats. While the structure itself is only slightly more than a century old and resides in a fairly modern district, some items in the church date back way longer. For instance, the altarpiece which was originally a part of Uppsala Cathedral was made already in the first half of the 1700s.
When you find yourself in the mood for something different, Hedvig Eleonora Church (Hedvig Eleonora kyrka) might be the place to go. The unique octagonal church, criticised by many for the size of its cupola, has certainly encountered his share of issues during the construction. Although it had taken almost 70 years, the masterpiece and a shared work of three of the most prominent Stockholm architects of all times was completed in 1737.
A little bit of revenge, a bit of jealousy and a great deal of creativity and skills are what made Högalid Church (Högalidskyrkan) come to life in the form you can admire today. The building is one of the newest on the list as it was inaugurated in 1923, just like the famous Stockholm City Hall. The City Hall was also the building that the church’s architect apparently really wanted to build. However, his proposal did not succeed in the competition and instead he had to compete with it by building another structure just across the lake.
You may say that the Katarina Church located on the island of Södermalm has had a bit of a bad luck. It has burned down almost completely on two separate occasions since it was originally opened in the late 1600s. After a very recent reconstruction, these days it is in near-perfect shape, though. Today, its façade features an elegant white-grey colour combination which might seem to be typical of churches from its era, however, Katarina Church (Katarina kyrka) was originally painted red and white.
Returning to the origins of the city of Stockholm, it is time to appreciate Klara Church (Klara kyrka) which bravely stands its ground surrounded by modern urban development. A historically-important monastery had used to stand in the location as early as in the 13th century but the original church was later demolished during the reign of Gustav Vasa. Klara Church as we know it rose from the ground shortly afterwards but its contemporary design comes mostly from the major 19th-century reconstruction.
Dominating the churchyard in the eastern part of the Kungsholmen Island not far from the very heart of Stockholm sits one of the oldest central-plan churches in Sweden. Kungsholms Church (Kungsholms kyrka) and its surrounding areas are especially delightful during spring and summer when the greenery is in full bloom. Historical artefacts once belonging to the Royal Family in the church’s interior are equally impressive all year round, though.
The oldest church in the Södermalm district was built on the ruins of its predecessor from the 1400s. With its simplistic exterior which is in near-perfect condition, it welcomes you to appreciate the stunning portals through which you can proceed to the not quite as simple interior. Of great historic value is the churchyard on which Maria Magdalena Church (Maria Magdalena kyrka) stands. It has been in use since the 14th century, though most of the gravestones that can be seen there today are from the 1700s.
A true architectural gem located in perhaps the most beautiful of districts in Stockholm. Oscar’s Church (Oscarskyrkan) carrying the name of King of Sweden Oscar II was meant to be the noblest church in the Swedish capital from the very beginning. This explains the unusual choice of construction materials inspired by the magnificent residential houses that were popping up on nearby Strandvägen around the same time.
No doubt the most dominant structure standing on the Riddarholmen Island, part of the Old Town of Stockholm (Gamla stan). Built as early as in the late 13th century, Riddarholm Church (Riddarholmskyrkan) belongs to the oldest buildings in Stockholm. It is well-known as the traditional burial place of the Swedish monarchs which served this purpose for over three centuries. During this time, only one of the reigning monarchs, Queen Christina who fled the country, was not buried at Riddarholm Church.
Seen in numerous movies and visible from a number of neighbouring city parts, Skeppsholmen Church (Skeppsholmskyrkan) with its characteristic cupola has been glamourizing Stockholm since the mid-1800s. Today, it is no longer a church, though, as the number of nearby residents is very limited. Instead, the architectural masterpiece became the home of a modern concert hall known as Eric Ericson Hall.
Some of the most monumental stone portals in Stockholm, the bright-red façade, and its centuries-long journey are only a few characteristics one can name when describing St. James’ Church (S:t Jacobs kyrka). This historical church is impressive from the inside out and although its looks have been modified many times over the centuries, today it looks surprisingly similar to the original structure from the first half of the 17th century.
Completed after literally centuries of planning, the final result is simply staggering. If you wanted me to choose, St. John’s Church (Sankt Johannes kyrka) with its beautiful brick façade and colourful interior would be one of my absolute favourite places included in this guide. Perhaps it is the large churchyard or the historical belfry on its opposite side that add that tiny bit of extra charm to this exceptionally pleasant place.
Unique in as many ways as it is beautiful, proudly welcoming visitors to the Vanadislunden Park despite its humble origins. Not only will you not find many other limestone churches in Stockholm, the low tower with its square base adds even more personality to the St. Stephen’s Church (Stefanskyrkan). The environment in which the church resides is also very appealing with beautiful views of the city from the hills of the park.
More than any other church in this guide, Sofia Church (Sofia kyrka) was built as a symbol of hope for the residents of what used to be perhaps the poorest borough in Stockholm. A lot has changed since the beginning of the twentieth century but the area has been well-preserved as a part of the cultural preserve formed around Sofia Church in the middle of the last century.