The Ultimate Guide to Churches in Stockholm [19 Places]

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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.

Adolf Fredriks KyrkaAdolf Fredrik Church is an 18th-century church built on an even older cemetery. Among the most notable things to notice in the location is the near-original facade of the church and a great selection of historic artefacts displayed in its interior.

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.

Bromma Church Bromma Church from the 12th century is one of the oldest buildings in Stockholm. It is also one of only three fortress churches in the Swedish capital, which originally served as both defence and religious structures.

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.

Engelbrekt Church Engelbrekt Church is a church from the early twentieth century that dominates the neighbourhood known as Lärkstaden. It is a remarkable example of the Swedish Art Noveau and National Romantic architectural styles.

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.

English ChurchThe English Church of St. Peter and St. Sigfrid in Stockholm‘s Diplomatic City is unique not only thanks to its stone design but also thanks to its intriguing history. At one point, the entire church was moved stone by stone to another location.

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).

German ChurchThe German Church in Stockholm‘s Old Town (Gamla stan) is the most notable structure standing in the area dominated by German residents in the early days of the Swedish capital. The modern-day looks of the church come mostly from the 17th century.

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.

Gustaf Vasa ChurchGustaf Vasa Church located at Odenplan is the largest church in Stockholm measured by the number of seats. It was completed in the early 20th century but several artefacts that can be seen in the building are significantly older.

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.

Hedvig Eleonora ChurchHedvig Eleonora Church is an 18th-century church standing in the Östermalm district. It is named after Queen Hedvig Eleonora, wife of King Karl X Gustav, and was designed by a number of Sweden‘s foremost architects.

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.

Högalid Church Högalid Church is a prominent church located on the heights of Södermalm opened in 1923. Together with Stockholm City Hall on the other side of Riddarfjärden, it is a notable example of the architectural style known as National Romanticism.

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.

Katarina ChurchKatarina Church is the Sweden‘s first central-plan church and a prominent representative of baroque architecture in Stockholm originally built in the late 17th century.

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.

Klara ChurchKlara Church is a 16th-century church built on the location of a monastery dating back to the late 1200s. It is the second tallest church in Sweden and its contemporary design is mostly based in the 19th century.

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.

Kungsholms ChurchKungsholms Church is a late 17th-century church located on Kungsholmen not far from Stockholm City Hall. The church was completely restored during the second half of the 20th century.

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.

Maria Magdalena ChurchMaria Magdalena Church (S:ta Maria Magdalena kyrka) is the oldest church on the Södermalm island in Stockholm. It features a simple, plastered facade painted yellow and light-grey, and is surrounded by a cemetery that has been in use since the mid-1300s.

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.

Oscar‘s ChurchOscar‘s Church is not your typical Scandinavian church. It is made of marble and grey-white limestone which makes it look different from most Swedish churches. The goal of its design was to appear noble, after all.

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.

Riddarholm ChurchRiddarholm Church is one of the oldest buildings still standing in Stockholm today. Its origins date back to the late 13th century when it was built by the Franciscans, but it is most commonly known as the traditional burial place of the Swedish monarchs.

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.

Eric EricsonhallenEric Ericsonhallen on Skeppsholmen in Stockholm is a concert hall named after the Swedish conductor Eric Ericson. The concert hall resides in the former Skeppsholmen Church from the first middle of the 19th century which was secularised in 2002.

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.

Saint James‘s ChurchSaint James‘s Church located near Kungsträdgården and many historic sites in central Stockholm is a unique construction from the architectural perspective. Since it took unusually long to complete, it contains elements of many architectural styles.

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.

Saint John‘s ChurchThe St. John‘s Church (Sankt Johannes Kyrka) is one of the most beautiful churches in Stockholm. The monumental brick structure is surrounded by an old cemetery and the church‘s interior is simply breathtaking.

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.

Saint Stephen‘s ChurchThe St Stephen‘s Church (Stefanskyrkan) is a church in Vanadislunden. It has a characteristic short tower and is made of white stone relatively unusual for Swedish churches.

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.

Sofia ChurchSofia Church is a monumental church on the top of the White Mountains (Vita Bergen).
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