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Gustavi Cathedral, Gothenburg

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Gothenburg Cathedral is a cathedral in Gothenburg, the second largest city in Sweden. It is the seat of the bishop of the diocese of Gothenburg in the Church of Sweden.Original churchBefore the first cathedral was inaugurated in 1633, a temporary church known as the Gothenburg stave church (Brädekyrkan) stood on the site for approximately 12 years. This was one of the city's first buildings and the first church in the current city of Gothenburg, which is the third city founded at the mouth of the Göta River and the second to have that name.The first cathedralThe rectory was completed in 1624, and the construction of a new church on the site of the stave church was announced in 1627. King Gustavus Adolphus created a tax to pay for the work. The initial demand was for a barrel (just over 125 litres) of wheat, oats, barley or rye from each church-owned property in Västergötland province for a three-year period. In a letter to Gothenburg's town council (13 December 1629) the tax was extended for three more years. From 1625 to 1634, construction costs increased to 8,387 Swedish riksdaler.Construction was led by master mason Lars Nilsson. The foundation stone was laid by Gothenburg's justitiepresident (judge) Nils Börjesson Drakenberg on 19 June 1626, and in 1633 the new main building was complete. By 1633, the stave church had been torn down, although its tower remained in use as a guard tower. During the construction period and for some time thereafter, the church was called stora kyrkan (the great church), the name used in the accounting records. It remained standing for nine more years, until a new tower replaced it in January 1643.
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  • Cathedral of Gothenburg was founded in 1600s and last rebuilt in 1815. It is of neoclassical style and interior is enhanced with white, grey and gold colors. Worth stopping for a short visit.  more »
  • You have to walk to visit the city. You can also take the Tram with a pass card purchased at the Tourism Office
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  • The Göteborg Cathedral is a temple of the Church of the Lutheran confession – Sweden, situated in the Swedish town of Gothenburg. It is the seat of the Diocese of Gothenburg (Göteborgs stift), and Chair of the respective Bishop. The current Cathedral is the third built on the same site, having the two previous been consumed by fire. In the neoclassical architectural style, the building was opened in 1815 and finally completed in 1827.
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