Saturday, September 18, 2010

Stockholm's 700-year-old Storkyrkan Cathedral

Stockholm’s Medieval Cathedral, built in 1279, houses unique objects such as the St George and the Dragon sculpture (1489),

and the legendary Vädersoltavlan (1636)... which I couldn't stop looking at:

(photo from Wikipedia)

Vädersolstavlan (Swedish for "The Sun Dog Painting") is an oil-on-panel painting depicting a halo display, an atmospheric optical phenomenon, observed over Stockholm on April 20, 1535. It is named after the sun dogs (Swedish: Vädersol, "Weather sun") appearing on the upper right part of the painting. While chiefly noted for being the oldest depiction of Stockholm, it is arguably also the oldest Swedish landscape painting and the oldest depiction of sun dogs.

(my photo taken at the Cathedral)

Since 1527, the Cathedral has been a Lutheran church. A wide range of religious services and concerts are held. The wedding of Crown Princess Victoria and Mr. Daniel Westling took place on Saturday, June 19, 2010 in Stockholm Cathedral.

We bought photo mugs at the Royal Palace gift shop commemorating the event.


Unknown said...

Great Cathedral, reminds me of the church in bergen that my parents were married in, really miss the homeland I should make it a goal to go home to visit when the children on their own, Thanks, Karen and Gary :0)

Unknown said...

Oops, forgot to tell ya, my Mor & Far were married New Years Eve, 1954.