The Great Church : Michelin's recommendations
Although the nearby Castle has its own chapel, monarchs have been crowned in the Cathedral since Erik XIV (1560). Originally a simple church, it was dedicated to St Nicolas of Myra (patron saint of seamen) by Birger Jarl, who decided to build it at the same time as the keep. Rebuilt in Gothic style, enlarged in the 15 C and transformed in the 18 C, when a lantern tower (1740) and new baroque façade were added, to blend in with the Royal Palace, brick pillars divide the imposing interior into five aisles. The baroque furnishings are magnificent: the pulpit, the north tribune and the royal pews are by Burchardt Precht (late 17 C), the funeral monument to J. G. Stenbock is by Bernard Fouquet ; the silver, ebony and ivory altar dates from 1640. The monument in memory of the Tessins was made by Carl Milles in 1933. The church also has a stone baptismal font (1514) and a painting of Stockholm from 1535, the Parthelion. But the main attraction of the Great Church is undoubtedly a 15 C Saint Georges slaying the Dragon, a symbol de of the victory of Sweden over Denmark at Brunkeberg in 1471. In the square itself, you will see the beautiful Tessin Palace that the royal architect designed for himself, and which was intended to be part of a vast project for a residential district opposite the Palace. This never came to be, due to the ruinous wars of because of Charles XII.
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