Riddarholm Church Tourist Attraction

Riddarholm Church

Native: Riddarholmskyrkan

The Riddarholm Church is situated on the island of the same name in Stockholm, just opposite the Royal Palace.

Riddarholm is the only building that remained from the Franciscan monastery that existed there in the thirteenth century. However, the original temple did not have towers: it was prohibited by the Charter of the Franciscans. It is believed to be the oldest building of Stockholm, preserved to our days.

The View of the Church changed over time. Thus, the nave on the South side was added in the XV century, the paintings in the interior were made as well. The first tower of the temple appeared in the XVI century. The current openwork spire appeared the XIX century.

Over the past four centuries, the Church is the last resting place of Swedish kings. Starting with Gustav II, who died in 1632 and ending with Gustav V, who died in 1950. All burials of monarchs were conducted only in this church. In addition, there are the sarcophagi of prominent Swedish war chiefs and nobles.

“Riddarholm” is translated as "knight's island". That stands to reason. Moreover, the explanation to this can be seen today within the walls of the Church. When one of the knights of the order of Seraphim died, then the coat of arms was hung out, and during the funeral, the bell tolled the knight`s death during an hour. The arms remained in the Church, and thus, a remarkable heraldic collection was preserved and gained over the centuries.

Increasingly, the Church began to hold exhibitions.

Open hours

December – 30 April 2017: closed
1 May – 30 September:
Daily 10:00–17:00;
1 October–26 November:
VI - VII: 10:00 – 16:00

Contacts

Address:
Riddarholmen, 111 28 Stockholm, Sweden
Phone: +46 8 402 61 30
Website: http://www.kungahuset.se/royalcourt/theroyalpalaces/theriddarholmenchurch.4.396160511584257f2180001466.html
Coordinates:
59° 19′ 29″ N, 18° 3′ 53″ E

Ticket price

Regular price: SEK 50
Reduced price: SEK 25
Children price: SEK 25 (7 - 17 years)

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