Riddarholmen Church

Riddarholm Church (SwedishRiddarholmskyrkan) is the church of a former medieval abbey in Stockholm, Sweden. The church serves as the final resting place of most Swedish monarchs[1]

Riddarholmen Church


The Riddarholm Church is one of the oldest buildings in Stockholm




Riddarholmen (up to 1807)

Riddarholmskyrkan, early 20th century.

The interior of the Riddarholmen Church, from the choir loft

Riddarholm Church is located on the island of Riddarholmen, close to the Royal Palace in StockholmSweden. The congregation was dissolved in 1807 and today the church is used only for burial and commemorative purposes. Swedish monarchs from Gustavus Adolphus (d. 1632 AD) to Gustaf V (d. 1950) are entombed here (with only one exception: Queen Christina who is buried within St. Peter's Basilica in Rome), as well as the earlier monarchs Magnus III (d. 1290) and Charles VIII (d. 1470). It has been discontinued as a royal burial site in favor of the Royal Cemeteryand today is run by departments of the Swedish Government and Royal Court.[2][3]

It is one of the oldest buildings in Stockholm, parts of it dating to the late-13th century, when it was built as a greyfriars monastery. After the Protestant Reformation, the monastery was closed and the building transformed into a Protestant church. A spire designed by Flemish architect Willem Boy(1520–1592) was added during the reign of John III, but it was destroyed by a lightningstrike on July 28, 1835 after which it was replaced with the present cast iron spire. [4]

Coats of arms of knights of the Royal Order of the Seraphim are on the walls of the church. When a knight of the Order dies, his coat of arms is hung in the church and when the funeral takes place the church's bells are rung without pause from 12:00 to 13:00. [5]


Kungliga slottet, 107 70 Stockholm, Sweden
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MAY - SEPTEMBER MONDAY 10.00 - 17.00 TUESDAY 10.00 - 17.00 WEDNESDAY 10.00 - 17.00 THURSDAY 10.00 - 17.00 FRIDAY 10.00 - 17.00 SATURDAY 10.00 - 17.00 SUNDAY 10.00 - 17.00 OCTOBER - NOVEMBER SATURDAY 10.00 - 16.00 SUNDAY 10.00 - 16.00 Closed: December - 30
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All succeding rulers of Sweden from 1632 - 1950 (except Queen Christina) are buried in the Riddarholmen church, including Gustav II Adolf and Gustav V as well as kinds from the Middle Ages like Magnus Ladulås and Karl Knutson Bonde Riddarholmen Church is famously Stockholm's only preserved medieval church Part of Riddarholmen Church date back to the 13th century when it was a greyfriars monastery

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