Katarina Church

Stockholm, Sweden

Katarina kyrka (Church of Catherine) was originally constructed in 1656–1695. It has been rebuilt twice after being destroyed by fires, the second time during the 1990s. The Katarina-Sofia borough is named after theparish and the neighbouring parish of Sofia.

Construction of the church started during the reign of Charles X of Sweden, and the church is named after Princess Catherine, mother of the king, wife of John Casimir, Palsgrave of Pfalz-Zweibrücken and half-sister of Gustavus Adolphus. The original architect was Jean de la Vallée. The construction was severely delayed due to shortage of funds.

In 1723 the church, together with half of the buildings in the parish, was completely destroyed in a major fire. Rebuilding started almost immediately, under supervision of Göran Josua Adelcrantz, the city architect, who designed a larger, octagonal tower.

May 17, 1990, the church burned down again. Almost nothing but the external walls remained. Architect Ove Hidemark was responsible for rebuilding the church, which was reopened in 1995. The new organ was built by J. L. van den Heuvel Orgelbouw in the Netherlands.

Several famous Swedes are buried in the cemetery surrounding the church, most notable the assassinated Foreign Minister Anna Lindh, nationally popular Dutch-Swedish singer Cornelis Vreeswijk and Sten Sture the Elder.

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Founded: 1656-1695
Category: Industrial sites in Sweden
Historical period: Swedish Empire (Sweden)

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Karin Dixey (4 months ago)
It was beautiful. I've been twice but never inside the chapel. My daughter and I fell in love with the beauty of the church and the equally beautiful cemetery. I took my dad ţ visit the following year. He, too, loved it.
Simon Larsson (11 months ago)
The church is sparsely decorated, which is natural considering the quite recent fire. While the modern altar sculpture feels quite unique, I think the marble works are what makes this church worth a visit. That and the beautiful and peaceful churchyard in summer.
Marina Furlan (12 months ago)
Great spot to take pics including the huge bell in the front
Monica Hellén (2 years ago)
A beautiful church at Södermalm, Stockholm. One of my favourites! Today I visited because of the annual Advent consert, which was marvellous (as always).
Rita Harris (2 years ago)
Took flowers to my friend's grave today, on his birthday. I go whenever I am in Stockholm. Such a nice peaceful experience.
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