Linköping Cathedral

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Linköping Cathedral
Linköping Cathedral from the east
Coordinates: 58°24′40″N 15°37′02″E / 58.41111°N 15.61722°E / 58.41111; 15.61722
DenominationChurch of Sweden
Previous denominationRoman Catholic
Founded13th Century
Functional statusCathedral church
Architectural typeGothic
Number of spires1
Spire height107 metres (351 ft)
Bishop(s)Martin Modéus

Linköping Cathedral (Swedish: Linköpings domkyrka) is a church in the Swedish city of Linköping, the episcopal seat of the Diocese of Linköping in the Church of Sweden. It is situated opposite Linköping Castle.


The present church is about 800 years old. However, its history starts in the 11th century, with the construction of a wooden church. Later, around 1120, a stone church was built, a basilica of about half the size of the present building.

Around 1230 it became necessary to construct a larger church, as the basilica had become too small. The church was extended to the east, with a new choir and transept. These parts remain as part of the present church. The current altarpiece is also from that period.

The next extension of the church was made following the coronation of King Valdemar, in 1251. The main building was now constructed, and the church received its current length of 110 meters. The height of the tower is 107 metres (351 ft).

At the beginning of the 15th century, 1408–1420, the Gothic chapels were constructed, with large windows and star-shaped vaults. The chapels were named after Saint Andrew (later renamed after Saint Mary), Saint Nicolaus Hermanni (Nils Hermansson) and Saint Thomas Becket.

Fire damaged the roof of the church in 1546 and again in 1567. The tower was rebuilt between 1747 and 1758 and again between 1877 and 1886 by Helgo Zettervall. In 1967 the shape of the 17th-century roof was restored. It is covered with copper sheeting, the corrosion of which has created the green color.

The cathedral is featured on the cover of the album Opus Eponymous by Ghost, whose founder, Tobias Forge, is a native of Linköping.


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