Kristianopel Church

Kristianopel, Sweden

Kristianopel (originally founded as Christianople) was established by the Danish king Christian IV in 1603 as a fortress city and named after his newborn son - Christian, or Kristian, with Danish spelling. The Greek suffix '-opel' was given to give the town a cosmopolitan ring similar to Constantinople. Construction of the town was completed in 1606.

The first church was built in 1600, but burnt down only eleven years later by Swedish army. The current churc was built of stone between 1618-1624. The chandelier dates from the former Avaskär church. Tje pulpit dates from 1621 and altar 1624. There is also a royal chair of Christian IV (1635).

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Founded: 1618-1624
Category: Religious sites in Sweden
Historical period: Swedish Empire (Sweden)

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Eaststone Stockholm AB (3 months ago)
Beautiful church, fanastic location
Sanna Linderson (3 months ago)
Så fin kyrka, pampig kunglig och fridfull
romywebb se (6 months ago)
Kristianopels Kyrka är en stor vit mäktig kyrkobyggnad som vetter mot fyra riktningar. Interiören ger mig intrycket av lugn och är ej påträngande. Mycket fina arbeten mest i grön med guld är imponerande. Stengolvet /plattorna har fantastiska mönster. Fast jag kan tänka mig att de kan bli mycket hala när de blir blöta från regn och snö. Kyrkogården är mycket stor och vidlyftig men känns behaglig. Det finns en rollstolsramp innanför dörren.
Lars Mitteneder (10 months ago)
Beautiful place for vacation or stop over
GC Pajast (2 years ago)
Nice.
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