The day after I got back, or the very same night, I got so sick I haven’t been able to do anything. Haven’t even begun to process the photos. This has happened to me quite often, after a flight, that I get a bad cold. Probably the closed air circulation in the cabin.
Today, I started looking at a few of the photos, though, and here’s the reason this post is entitled Katarina:
It’s Katarina Church in the south part of Stockholm. Its octagonal dome can be seen from many parts of the city, and it makes me kind of happy to see it. It’s old, constructed in the late 1600’s, but destroyed twice, by fires. The latest — 1990, was so devastating that only the outer walls remained. She was insured, of course, but somehow not enough. A major fund raising was initiated and already 1995 she was reopened.
For the reconstruction, it was decided that no modern materials were to be used, so there are 52,000 hand forged nails, just to mention one little detail. Special bricks, glass and so on…
Many famous Swedes are buried in the cemetery there … Anna Lindh, the former foreign minister who was murdered 2003, just to mention one.
Many years ago, I took one of those touristy boat tours of Stockholm. They pointed out every, single church of the city. I have no idea how many they were, but trust me … they’re numerous! Katarina is one of the 43 that are protected by the cultural heritage laws.