Stockholm Cathedral, also known as Storkyrkan or the Great Church, is the oldest church in Stockholm and the seat of the bishop of Stockholm. It is located in Gamla Stan, the old town of Stockholm, next to the Royal Palace. The cathedral was built in the 13th century and has a rich history and architecture. It is also home to many artworks and relics, such as the famous wooden statue of Saint George and the Dragon.
The cathedral is open to visitors every day, except on Sundays and public holidays when it is reserved for worship services. The opening hours vary depending on the season, but generally they are from 9:00 to 16:00 on weekdays and from 10:00 to 15:00 on Saturdays. The admission fee is 60 SEK for adults and free for children under 18. You can also join a guided tour of the cathedral for an additional 40 SEK per person.
To get to the cathedral, you can take the subway to Gamla Stan station or the bus to Slottsbacken stop. The cathedral is within walking distance from both stations. Alternatively, you can take a ferry to Skeppsbron or a boat tour to Riddarholmen.
Some tips for visiting the cathedral are:
- Dress appropriately and respectfully, as the cathedral is a place of worship.
- Do not take photos or videos inside the cathedral, as they are not allowed.
- Do not touch or disturb any of the artworks or relics, as they are valuable and fragile.
- Do not bring any food or drinks inside the cathedral, as they are not permitted.
- Do not smoke or use any electronic devices inside the cathedral, as they are prohibited.
Some of the highlights of the cathedral are:
- The main altar, which dates back to 1594 and features a silver sculpture of Jesus on the cross.
- The royal pews, which are decorated with coats of arms and crowns of the Swedish monarchs.
- The Vädersolstavlan, which is a copy of a 16th-century painting depicting a halo phenomenon over Stockholm.
- The Silver Bible, which is a 15th-century manuscript with silver covers and illustrations.
- The Royal Crypt, which contains the tombs of several Swedish kings and queens.