Thursday, October 29.
Eased into the city for some more sight seeing. Jumped off the metro at old town. Walked through the streets past many magnificent buildings.
First stop was Storkyrkan, the great church. This is the closest Stockholm has to a cathedral, consecrated in 1306, it finally became a cathedral in 1942. Interestingly, all the plaster encasing the pillars was removed in 1908 and the bricks polished to give it a medieval look.
The life sized statue of St George and the Dragon dates from the 15th century.
The seven branched candelabra made of bronze with a height of 3.7 metres. Dates back to the 15th century. Interesting that it has seven branches, same as a menorah, from the Jewish faith.
The huge painting behind the statue is of The Last Judgement, painted by David Ehrenstrahl in 1696. This along with another painting titled, The Parhelion, which depicts a light phenomenon which occurred over Stockholm in 1535, were both rescued from the original castle when it burnt down in 1697.
Next stop was the Royal Palace or Kunliga Slottet. This palace comprises 608 rooms and is the largest active Royal Palace in the world. Unfortunately we would not be able to see most of it as they were in preparation for the visit of the President of Tunisia next week.
Once inside the palace we visited the museum which is located in the under croft of the old palace, on which the new palace is built.
Sections of the vaulting in the old undercroft.
Hard to read across the bottom, but this was awarded to Prince Charles. It is the Order of the Seraph, the highest award that can be given in Sweden. Once the recipient dies the shield is then moved to the Ridderhuset church, or Royal Church.
Steeple of the Royal Church where all royalty are buried.
The Royal Church which was locked.
Grabbed a quick bite to eat and back to Myrtle.