The churches of Norrköping did not disappoint. I visited three different churches: St. Olaf’s Church, St. Matthew’s Church and St. Hedwig’s Church. All three had their own look, their own beauties- both subtle and obvious, and their own ship. If you’re like me, you’re probably wondering what exactly why the churches in Sweden have a ship in them. I asked Liz and she explained that the ship represents each person’s own journey through life. I love that. It is a constant reminder that we’re sailing through life, through the good seas and bad, making our journey from one place in life to the next.
St. Olaf’s church is an 18th century church that was built on the site of an even older church which was damaged during a Russian attack in the early 1719, when almost the entire city of Norrköping was burnt down.
St. Hedwig’s Church is located in the center of town. I passed this church multiple times and popped in a couple of extra times while waiting for the tram back to Lina’s parents’ house or meeting up with Liz and Lina. It’s truly so beautiful. The large windows allowed floods of natural light to shine through and help illuminate this church.
The Church of St. Matthew was my favorite church we visited. Liz and I had a day where we explored and photographed downtown Norrköping, but on our way we walked through a park, and sitting in that park was this beautiful church! It was an exceptionally sunny day, but something about the bright, overcast skies lit this church and made the stained glass come to life. It was incredible!
Photo by Liz
You don’t have to be a religious person to appreciate the beauty in the magnificent structures. The art, the passion and the time put into these buildings should be respected and cherished, no matter the religious affiliation of you or the structure you’re visiting.
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