Katarina Church

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Katarina kyrka
Katarina kyrka January 2013 02.jpg
Katarina kyrka, view from the outside
Basic information
Location Stockholm, Sweden
Geographic coordinates 59°19′01″N 18°04′41″E / 59.31694°N 18.07806°E / 59.31694; 18.07806
Affiliation Church of Sweden
Rite Protestant
Year consecrated 1724
Ecclesiastical or organizational status Parish church
Website Official Website
Architectural description
Architectural style Baroque
Completed 1695

Katarina kyrka (Church of Catherine) is one of the major churches in central Stockholm, Sweden. The original building was constructed 1656–1695. It has been rebuilt twice after being destroyed by fires, the second time during the 1990s. The Katarina-Sofia borough is named after the parish and the neighbouring parish of Sofia.

Construction of the church started during the reign of Charles X of Sweden, and the church is named after Princess Catherine, mother of the king, wife of John Casimir, Palsgrave of Pfalz-Zweibrücken and half-sister of Gustavus Adolphus. The original architect was Jean de la Vallée. The construction was severely delayed due to shortage of funds.

In 1723 the church, together with half of the buildings in the parish, was completely destroyed in a major fire. Rebuilding started almost immediately, under supervision of Göran Josua Adelcrantz, the city architect, who designed a larger, octagonal tower.

May 17, 1990, the church burned down again. Almost nothing but the external walls remained. Architect Ove Hidemark was responsible for rebuilding the church, which was reopened in 1995. The new organ was built by J. L. van den Heuvel Orgelbouw in the Netherlands.

Several famous Swedes are buried in the cemetery surrounding the church, most notably the assassinated Foreign Minister Anna Lindh. Nationally popular Dutch-Swedish singer Cornelis Vreeswijk is another example.

The van den Heuvel pipe organ

Also buried here are Sten Sture the Elder.

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Coordinates: 59°19′01″N 18°04′41″E / 59.31694°N 18.07806°E / 59.31694; 18.07806