Walking Amongst Royalty at Riddarholmskyrkan in Stockholm

As a general rule I don’t pay for churches. Call it principle, but I have always thought that churches were there for the people. Whether those people are believers or not.

Riddarholmskyrkan from Stadshuset

That’s why I struggle when a church asks me to pay for entrance. I let Riddarholmskyrkan get away with it though, because, while it looks like a church, it is no longer used as a church. Built on Riddarholmen, the Knights Islet, the black spire of the church rises up above the surrounding buildings. Stockholm’s City Hall can be seen in the distance. The tiny island is beautiful and the church itself has parts dating back to the 13th century.

Riddarholmskyrkan

Plus, for only 30 SEK, entrance doesn’t break the bank. Guided tours in English are included in the fee and the guides do a wonderful job of explaining not just the history of the church itself, but also the history of those buried there.

The church is the final resting place for a number of Sweden’s kings and members of the royal family. Gustav Adolf, the Lion of the North, is buried in the church, as is Karl XII, who’s body has been exhumed in order to determine whether the bullet that killed him in battle came from a Swede or a Norwegian (prevailing historical and scientific theories seem to point to theNorwegians).

Riddarholmskyrkan Spire

The church is only open during the summer months, so while wandering through Stockholm, be sure to check out Riddarholmskyrkan.

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About Marcus Cederstrom

I was born in Sweden and moved to the US just before my 6th birthday. I grew up in the United States eventually graduating from the University of Oregon. After graduation and about 17 years in the US I made the decision to move back to Sweden. I have been living in Stockholm since the summer of 2007. Since graduation I have traveled throughout eastern Australia as well as in Sweden and Europe.