Riddarholmskrkan (The Riddarholmen Church) is located on the island of Riddarholmen in Stockholm, Sweden. The church which is one of the oldest buildings in Stockholm was founded in 1270 when King Magnus Ladulås made a donation to the Franciscan Order so they could built a convent with a church at Riddarholmen. After the Protestant Reformation, the monastery was closed and the building transformed into a Protestant church.
The church is the burial church of the Swedish monarchs. With the one exception of Queen Christina, all succeeding rulers of Sweden from Gustav II Adolf (d. 1632) to Gustaf V (d. 1950) are buried in the Riddarholmen Church. Kings from the middle ages are also buried here such as Magnus Ladulås and Karl Knutson Bonde.
The congregation was dissolved in 1807 and today the church is used only for burial and commemorative purposes.
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