Dark sights in Sweden
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Designed by Jean de la Vallée and completed in 1695, the sublimely beautiful Katarina Kyrka stands on the 1520 burial site of the Stockholm Bloodbath victims – the betrayed Swedish nobility trapped, beheaded and burnt for opposing King Christian II’s Danish invasion. The church itself caught fire in 1723. After it was restored, history repeated itself in 1990 when fire brought down the cupola. It’s since been painstakingly reconstructed using 17th-century building methods. Assassinated foreign minister Anna Lindh lies buried in its leafy cemetery. Organ music fills the church at noon on Tuesday and Thursday.