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Oscar Church

The Oscar Church in April 2006

Coordinates: 59°20′00″N 18°05′36″E / 59.3333333°N 18.09333°E / 59.3333333; 18.09333
Location Östermalm, Stockholm
Country Sweden
Denomination Church of Sweden
Website oscarsforsamling.se
Architecture
Architect(s) Gustaf Hermansson
Style Gothic Revival
Years built 1897–1903
Completed September 1903 (1903-09)
Administration
Parish Oscar Parish
Diocese Diocese of Stockholm

The Oscar Church (Swedish: Oscarskyrkan) a church building in the town of Stockholm in Sweden. It's is a three-aisled hall church. It holds 1,250 people. In the southwestern part of the church building is a 80 m (260 ft) tower. The church was inaugurated in September 1903. It was build following a design competition nine years earlier. Gustaf Hermansson won the competition. He also designed the Sofia Church. The church is located in the southeastern part of Östermalm. It is placed where Storgatan and Narvavägen meet near the Swedish History Museum. Together with nearby Strandvägen Narvavägen is one of the Stockholm's main boulevards. The road is lined with several residential palaces. The church is also visible from Narvavägen.

The church was named after king Oscar II of Sweden. Oscar II himself laid the foundation stone 1897. Construction work was delayed several times because of problems with the foundation and non-deliveries as well as labour strikes. This led to the church not being consecrated until 1903. The church was originally meant to be partly clad in brick. This was changed to a uniformly white façade, clad in limestone and marble. Construction was criticised from the start for its Gothic Revival.

The church underwent several renovations during the 20th century. Between 1921–1923 major changes were done to the interior. During those years new stained glass windows designed by Emanuel Vigeland were added. The work was led under the direction of architect Lars Israel Wahlman. He had previously designed the Engelbrekt Church. Between 1954–1956 additional changes were made to the church interior. During those years the altarpiece was changed and some ornamental ceiling decorations were removed.

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