Stockholm Sights

Riddarholmskyrkan (Riddarholmen Church)

  • Religious Building/Site/Shrine

Published 04/05/2016

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Dating from 1270, the Grey Friars monastery is one of the oldest buildings in Stockholm; it's the burial place for two medieval kings, as well every Swedish sovereign since 1632 except Queen Kristina, who abdicated and died in Rome, and Gustav VI Adolf, the current king's predecessor, who is buried at Haga Park. The redbrick structure, distinguished by its delicate iron-fretwork spire, is rarely used for services: it's more like a museum now. The most famous figures interred within are King Gustavus Adolphus, hero of the Thirty Years' War, and the warrior King Karl XII, renowned for his daring invasion of Russia, who died in Norway in 1718. The most recent of the 17 Swedish kings to be put to rest here was Gustav V, in 1950. The different rulers' sarcophagi, usually embellished with their monograms, are visible in the small chapels dedicated to the various dynasties. Guided tours in English are offered daily.

Sight Information


Riddarholmen, Stockholm, Sweden



Sight Details:

  • SKr 50
  • Mid-May–mid-Sept., daily 10–5; mid-Sept.–Nov., weekends 10–4
  • Credit cards only

Published 04/05/2016


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