Tour description, The Riddarholmen Church

Interior at the Riddarholmen Church. Photo: The Royal Court.
Riddarholm Church is situated in the centre of Stockholm and is one of the city´s oldest buildings.

In all probability, the church dates back to the 1300s and was part of a Franciscan monastery. A guided tour takes approximately 45 minutes.

The guided tour starts with a presentation of the church´s earliest history - from the 1200s to the beginning of the 1500s -  starting with a special exhibit just inside the entrance to the church.

During Sweden's “Great Power" period the church was given a new purpose. Gustav II Adolf decided before he travelled to Germany that if he was killed in war that he would be buried at Riddarholmen. This decision gave rise to a new burial tradition that continued until Gustaf V's funeral in 1950.

Some of the more renowned monarchs buried in the church include Karl XI, Karl XII, Gustav III and Karl XIV Johan.

The inside of the church is quite striking with walls bearing many beautifully painted coats of arms. When a knight or member of the Order of Seraphim dies, his or her coat of arms is hung in the church. The tradition of the Order of Seraphim dates back the mid-18th century.  Following the reorganization of the orders in 1975 the order is only awarded to foreign heads of state and members of the royal family.

A guided tour of Riddarholm Church is rich in history featuring everything from the history of the church, medieval history, “Great Power" history, history of the royal family to the history of Stockholm.
 
The tour information provided above is general. The more detailed content of the tour will vary depending on the focus of the tour guide on duty.