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Kalmar Cathedral - situated at the main square in Kalmar - is a cathedral without a bishop and the only one in Sweden without a diocese of its own. It was designed by architect Tessin the elder and built in Italian baroque style in the second half of the 17th century.

When it was finished in 1703 - if it is finished - Karl XII (Carolus Rex) was king of Sweden and the country was at its peak as a European power. This is well reflected in the cathedral with a broad faηade facing south, embracing the square and leading the visitors toward the portal in the middle.

The Cathedral is one of few buildings literally unchanged since these powerful days and the interior is designed according to the Evangelical Lutheran doctrine. The floor is covered by gravestones, the walls by epitaphs and the nave is closed by a magnificent baroque alter.

Tessin was especially inspired by Chiesa del Gesω in Rome, the mother-church of all Jesuits. However Kalmar Cathedral lacks a center dome, which according to the original design was intended to complete the building. Probably the construction was too weak for this closure and later financing became a problem. Finally the diocese ceased to exist in 1915.

These are facts mostly ignored by the good people of Kalmar!

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Image cropped at the bottom, ran autolevels, increased saturation +15, ran NeatImage at 60%, resized for TE, sharpened and faded to 40%, framed and saved for Web.

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I've uploaded a version with some corrected distortion in the WS area.

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