April 4: Markuskyrkan
Next on to the singular St. Mark's Church, out in the suburbs of the city, in Björkhagen. It's one of the late works of Sigurd Lewerentz, completed in 1956.
In the metro station.
On the train.
The shore of Gamla Stan (the old city), with more sunbathers.
Here we are at the church, which is in a grove of birches and evergreens.
I don't remember what this is. It's a nice thing to have with a church, though.
Toward the main entrance.
The nave. The irregular vaults are one of my favorite parts of the church.
Side lights and entrances by the front of the nave.
This is the only clerestory window besides the two above, so it's quite an important element, and very powerful when, as here, a sunbeam is shining through it.
This incredible brick beam supports the two bays of the nave.
The clerestory window casts a lot of uplight as well.
A back door from the nave leads into this room of the parish center.
This wall divides them.
The foyer of the parish center; more vaults.
At the center of the two buildings of the parish, uh, center is this linear courtyard.
The massiveness and roughness of the church make it feel timeless.
I walked all the way around the church. A view back toward the main entrance from further along in the grove.
Around the other side; the sanctuary is on the left in the foreground and one end of the parish center is on the right.
Not sure what this is, maybe the sacristy.
The bells are up behind those horizontal openings.
The bed of a fountain in the courtyard that was not yet running.
The window craning around to get all the sun it can. Also: birches.
A shed just beyond the courtyard.
I'll have a few bricks with that mortar. Thanks.