Living heraldry

Find out about the living history of heraldry in the sacristy at the Riddarholm Church. Since 1748, the Coat of arms of Seraphim Knights have hung on the walls of the church.

To begin with, knights were also obliged to carry out charity work, caring for the sick and the poor.

The Royal Orders of Knighthood

The exhibition tells the story of the Swedish Royal Orders of Chivalry, why the Riddarholm Church was chosen as the church for these orders, and when the orders were opened up to women.

The coats of arms

We can also read about the history of the Coats of arms, their design over the ages and how the positioning of the Coats of arms dates back to older traditions, such as in St George's Chapel at Windsor Castle.

Heraldic artists

The first heraldic artist was Court Painter Johan Pasch. Pasch was assigned to this work by Carl Hårleman, who designed the orders in 1748. The exhibition includes a list of all heraldic artists, from the 18th century to the present day.

The exhibition will be on display during the church's regular opening hours.

Top image by Dick Norberg/

On his mausoleum in the Riddarholm Church, Magnus Ladulås wears a royal order chain. Photo: Alexis Daflos/

Leif Ericsson is our current heraldic artist. Photo:

The Riddarholmen Church