The Riddarholmen Church is the burial church of the Swedish monarchs. It is located on the island of Riddarholmen, close to the Royal Palace in Stockholm, Sweden. The congregation was dissolved in 1807 and today the church is used only for burial and commemorative purposes. Swedish monarchs from Gustavus Adolphus (d. 1632 AD) to Gustaf V (d. 1950) are entombed here (with the exception of Queen Christina who is buried within St. Peter's Basilica in Rome), as well as the earlier monarchs Magnus III (d. 1290) and Charles VIII (d. 1470).
It is one of the oldest buildings in Stockholm, parts of it dating to the late 13th century, when it was built as a greyfriars monastery. After the Protestant Reformation, the monastery was closed and the building transformed into a Protestant church. A spire designed by Willem Boy was added during the reign of John II, but it was destroyed by a strike of lightning on July 28, 1835 after which it was replaced with the present cast iron spire.
Coats of arms of knights of the Order of the Seraphim are in the walls of the church. When a knight of the Order dies, his coat of arms is hung in the church and when the funeral takes place the church bells are rung constantly from 12:00 to 13:00.
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polpo56 (15136) 2010-10-08 1:40
a very well composed and showed picture...
There is a calm winter atmosphere.
I like your version in "seppia".
JFS (32459) 2010-10-08 3:14
Appropriate colour for Stockholm in winter. I like your POV.
SWEETFREEDOM (24621) 2010-10-08 3:48
original high p.o.v. good details, i like the seppia tone.
snunney (98253) 2010-10-08 4:55
Black and white suits the mood in this interesting composition. The image is nicely composed with the church spire nicely placed off centre; though I wonder whether a vertical frame might not have suited better, given the lack of detail in the sky. The image has a good range of tones and sharpness.
Bluejeans (64251) 2010-10-08 5:23
Ola Daniel ,
Bom dramatismo de foto com esta imagem a preto e branco parece que voltaste atrás no tempo 1950 , bons detalhes , uma imagem bem gelada :), parabéns!!
Um abraço Gonçalo
Bom fim de semana
Sergiom (78505) 2010-10-08 6:15
Autre cadrage intéressant. Tu coupes l'ensemble des bâtiments pour ne garder que les toits en noir et blanc. On ressent presque le froid de la journée.
AKITA (15125) 2010-10-08 17:55
a picturesque shot of beautiful winter scene,
sharp towers looks sticking the cold heavy sky,
depressive feeling but quiet and settled ambience is nice,
thank you for your excellent shot,
emka (96408) 2010-10-08 23:52
very interesting photo of the Riddarholmen church. Beautiful spire. Nice sepia.
Cricri (118747) 2010-10-09 1:27
Cadrage intéressant ou le clocher donne toute son attention, un bon choix du N/B
romanaa (7984) 2010-10-10 11:29
your point of view is surprising and strange, nevertheless I like it.
macjake (67532) 2010-10-11 11:39
Maybe not the clearest of shots, as we can see alot of noise, but i really like and admire the composition.
having the rooftops alone, with the snow is a smart choice.