Skeppsholmen Church

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The Skeppsholmen Church viewed from the old town Gamla stan
Main entrance of the church

The Skeppsholmen Church (Swedish: Skeppsholmskyrkan) is a church on the islet of Skeppsholmen in central Stockholm, Sweden, secularized in 2002.

Named after its location, the church was built 1823-1849 to replace a minor wooden church on Blasieholmen destroyed in the devastating fire of 1822. Inaugurated by King Charles XIV John and still officially carrying his name, it was designed by the architect Fredrik Blom as a neoclassical octahedral temple inspired by the Pantheon in Rome, borrowing the coffered ceiling while substituting the oculus for the temple-shaped lantern light. On all sides, the plain white walls restored in 1998 are pierced by portals whose four pillars support semi-circular lunettes. Inside the cruciform exterior, the interior sheet of the wooden double cupola is supported by paired doric columns and rounded arches. Accompanying the painted altarpiece are niches with statues of the apostles and two plaster groups.

The Skeppsholmen parish was discontinued in 1969 when the Navy moved to Muskö, and the church was secularized in 2002.[1][2][3]

Since May 2009, the building is called Eric Ericsonhallen, named after the Swedish conductor Eric Ericson and is a Concert Hall managed by the Eric Ericson International Choral Centre.

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  1. ^ "Skepps- och Kastellholmarna : Skeppsholmskyrkan". Stockholm: Stockholms Sjögård. 2006-03-30. Retrieved 2007-02-01. 
  2. ^ Johan Mårtelius (1999). "Södra Innerstaden". Guide till Stockholms arkitektur (2nd ed. ed.). Stockholm: Arkitektur förlag. p. 132. ISBN 91-86050-41-9. 
  3. ^ "Skeppsholmskyrkan". Stockholm: Statens fastighetsverk. Retrieved 2007-02-01. 

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Media related to Skeppsholmen Church at Wikimedia Commons

  1. "Karl Johans kyrka på Skeppsholmen". Stockholm: Statens fastighetsverk. 2005-06-15. Retrieved 2007-02-01. [dead link]

Coordinates: 59°19′35″N 18°04′55″E / 59.32639°N 18.08194°E / 59.32639; 18.08194