The Chapel of Resurrection

The way into the austere and subdued The Chapel of Resurrection leads the visitor through a hall, supported by twelve columns.

Photo: Mattias Ek.

When Asplund’s small Woodland Chapel was completed, a larger chapel was needed. The area at the southern end of the Path of the Seven Wells was the right place. The road from Almhöjden to the chapel was almost 900 meters long with an impressive view.

Stylish and a bit difficult

Architect Sigurd Lewerentz was responsible for the second chapel on the site. He had initially worked mostly on the landscape’s form. After a couple of years of work and many experiments on-site, the chapel was completed in 1925. We know almost nothing about Lewerentz’s thoughts on architecture because he never wanted to talk about it. When the chapel was inaugurated, the reactions were mixed: both stylish and a bit difficult to understand.

Photo: Mattias Ek.

Classical and modern

The Chapel of Resurrection got its name from the sculpture group above the entrance, made by Ivar Johnson. The chapel is special: long, narrow, and high. It is a completely different experience than the Woodland Chapel. The building is strict and simple while also being slightly skewed. The interior has special details that remind us of both classical and modern architecture. The floor is particularly beautiful in precious Carrara marble. It is intended as something beautiful to look at and a support in a difficult time.

Photo: Mattias Ek.

Explore the chapel online

With panoramic photography in Google Street View, you can look around in the chapel.