St Clara Kyrka


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The copper spire of this brick 16th-century church across from Central Station rises from a cluster of dull, box-like 1960s buildings. St Clara Kyrka was one of many churches built in the late 16th century during the reign of Johan III, who had a Catholic wife and a love of architecture. He decided to build here in the 1570s since it was the site of a former convent torn down in the Reformation. Dutch architect Willem Boy designed the church, and Carl Hårleman, who also completed the interior of the Kungliga Slottet, redesigned its roof and spire after a fire in the mid 18th century. Inside the sunlit church the ceiling is painted with biblical scenes. The congregation gives out bread and coffee to the homeless, so the graveyard and nearby steps are often occupied by homeless people. Classical concerts are held at midday. Check here for daily listings of church concerts around the city.

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St Clara Kyrka details

Klara Östra Kyrkogata 7

Area Stockholm

Transport T-bana T-Centralen/bus 47, 52, 56, 59.

Telephone 723 30 31

Open 10am-5pm daily.

Admission free.