Riddarholm Church (Riddarholmskyrkan) is the the church graveyard of the
Swedish monarchs and Stockholm’s only preserved medieval abbey. It is
located on the island of Riddarholmen, close to the Royal Palace in
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.
With Queen Christina (buried within St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome), the sole
exception, all the Swedish monarchs from Gustavus Adolphus (d. 1632) to
Gustaf V (d. 1950) rest here.
There are also medieval kings buried here such as Magnus III and Karl
Knutson Bonde, both of whom were also former kings of Norway.
The congregation dissolved in 1807 and the the church is primarily a tomb
and memorial church, managed by the Marshal of the Realm Board and the
Swedish National Property Board.
Riddarholm Church is open for self-guided tours and guided tours during the
summer months, as well as at special events and the Royal Order of the
Seraphim (serafimerringningar), Sweden’s highest honor.
In the summer weekend concerts with Gregorian music are held.