"Riddarholmen" Riddarholmen Tip by Rojo72

Riddarholmen, Stockholm: 41 reviews and 96 photos

by Rojo72

Riddarholmen, the island of the knights is a very small island in the middle of the city, right next to Gamla stan and a stone throw from the Parliament and castle.

In the 12th or 13th century there was a monastery here and the brothers were called the gray monks and for a long time the island was called "Gråmunkeholmen". During the reformation the swedish King Gustav Vasa "confiscated" the monastery. A very old church was earlier built on the island. That church is Riddarholmskyrkan. It was the church of the swedish nobility and it is also the last resting place for many, many swedish Kings and Queens.

Among the rulers to rest here are: The Caroloingian Kings Charles X, XI and XII (XII being the warrior King who lost the Swedish "superpowerhood"). Charles XII was killed in Norway in 1718 during a fight with the norwegians. King Gustav II Adolf who died at the battle of Lützen in 1632 is also here along with his gustavian dynasty and there is a third chamber here intended for the present royal dynasty, the bernadottes.

Also very interesting is the presence of the tomb of King Magnus Ladulås, a 13th century "swedish" king, probably the strongest advocate of a strong rule for ages...

The white part of the church in the picture is the carolingian chapel.

Directions: east of gamla stan

Review Helpfulness: 2.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Written Jul 3, 2005
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