Monday, June 22, 2015

St Clara Church, Stockholm

The Church of Saint Clara is located in central Stockholm. Currently the church belongs to the cathedral (Storkyrkan), located in the old town of the Swedish capital. A Church has existed in this location since the 1280s. Its copper spire, on top of this brick 16th century church, rises from the cluster of dull, box-like 1960s buildings. 

The current church of St Clara was one of many churches built in the late 16th century during the reign of Johan II, 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. 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.

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