Katarina Kyrka


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As Södermalm's population grew, it was agreed in the mid 17th century to split Maria Magdalena parish and build a new church. Katarina Kyrka, completed in 1695, was designed by Jean de la Vallé in baroque style with a central plan. A huge fire in 1723 destroyed the church's cupola and half the buildings in the parish. A more recent fire in 1990 burned down all but the church's walls and side vaults. Architect Ove Hildemark reconstructed the church (based on photos and drawings) using 17th-century building techniques. The yellow church with flat white pillars now looks much as it did before, but with a distinctly modern interior. Many victims of the Stockholm Bloodbath of 1520 were buried in the church's large cemetery. Organ music is played at noon on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

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Katarina Kyrka details

Högbergsgatan 15

Area Stockholm

Transport T-bana Medborgarplatsen or Slussen/bus 2, 3, 43, 53, 55, 59, 76 .

Telephone 743 68 00

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Open 11am-5pm Mon-Fri; 10am-5pm Sat, Sun.

Admission free.