The Royalchapel is located in the souther part of the Royal Castle facing Slottsbacken. The is a service every Sunday and holiday. The Royal Cahpels is also used by the Royal Family for special ceremonies. The congregation of the Royal Chapel is all employes at the Royal Court with families, but it is also open to the public as any other church..
The Royal Chapel was inaugurated in 1754 together with the Royal Castle by King Adolf Fredrik and Queen Lovisa Ulrika.
It was designed by Nicodemus Tessin and Carl Hårleman in a mixture of Baroque and Rococo and is regarded as unusual beatutiful. The congregation is the Royal Court without any geographical limitation, this mean that anyone who is employed at the Royal Court or has been employed can be a member of the congregation. The King appoints a bishop to be preacher in the church.
There was a Royal Chapel in the old Royal Castle Tre Konor from as early as 1284, since the Pope have given the permision to have ceremonies in the Royal Castle. In the end of the 16:th century King Johan III instituted another chapel in the Royal Castle, a catholic. He had married Katarina Jagellonica, daughter of Sigismund I of Poland. I was not allowed to be catholic in Sweden at that time and the church was not well looked upon and was gerally called the Papist Church.
After the great fire in 1697 when the Royal Palace was destroyd the building of the new Royal Castle straigth away. In the old Castle the Chapel had been located to the northern part but now it was decided that it should be placed in the southern part instead. In the new Royal Castle each side had a profile and for the souther side it was decided that it should represent the Nation. The Royal Chapel would then represent the religious power whild the State Hall would represent the secular power.
Inside the church there are statues of 6 apostles, 3 on each side. See the images below.
The Apostles statues are a gift from the catholic congregation, Eugenia, in Stockholm. They where given to King Gustav VI Adolf in 1968 but are made in 1830 by Hans Michelsen. .
Entrance to the Royal Chapel:
Slottsbacken 1, Old Town
The entrance is inside the South Gate
GPS(WGS84): Lat N 59° 19′ 34″ Lon E 18° 4′ 20″
The Royal Chapel is highlighted in pink color. If you put your mouse pointer above the marking you will e some more information about the Royal Chapel and the interior..