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Storkyrkan

Storkyrkan named Sankt Nikolai kyrka and informally called Stockholms domkyrka, is the oldest church in Gamla stan, the old town in central Stockholm, Sweden. The main parish church of Stockholm, it also serves as the seat of the Lutheran Bishop of Stockholm within the Church of Sweden since the creation of the Diocese of Stockholm in 1942, it is an important example of Swedish Brick Gothic. Situated next to the Royal Palace, it forms the western end of Slottsbacken, the major approach to the Royal Palace, while the streets Storkyrkobrinken, Högvaktsterrassen, Trångsund passes north and west of it respectively. South of the church is the Stockholm Stock Exchange Building facing Stortorget and containing the Swedish Academy, Nobel Library, Nobel Museum. Storkyrkan was first mentioned in a written source dated 1279 and according to tradition was built by Birger Jarl, the founder of the city itself. For nearly four hundred years it was the only parish church in the city, the other churches of comparable antiquity being built to serve the spiritual needs of religious communities.

It became a Lutheran Protestant church in 1527. The parish church since the Middle Ages of the Nikolai parish, covering the whole island on which the Old Town stands, it has been the cathedral of Stockholm since the Diocese of Stockholm was created out of the Archdiocese of Uppsala and the Diocese of Strängnäs in 1942; because of its convenient size and its proximity to the earlier royal castle and the present royal palace it has been the site of major events in Swedish history, such as coronations, royal wedding and royal funerals. The last Swedish king to be crowned here was Oscar II in 1873. Crown Princess Victoria, oldest daughter of King Carl XVI Gustaf and Queen Silvia, was married to Daniel Westling on 19 June 2010 at the Storkyrkan, the anniversary of her parents' marriage in Storkyrkan in 1976; the most famous of its treasures is the dramatic wooden statue of Saint George and the Dragon attributed to Bernt Notke. The statue, commissioned to commemorate the Battle of Brunkeberg serves as a reliquary, containing relics of Saint George and six other saints.

A copy from the early 20th century is found on Österlånggatan just south of the church. The Saint George is a symbolic representation of Sten Sture, the dragon is the Danish King Christian I, the Princess is Sweden; the church contains a copy of the oldest known image of Stockholm, the painting Vädersolstavlan, a 1632 copy of a lost original from 1535. The painting was commissioned by the scholar and reformer Olaus Petri, a 19th-century statue of whom is found on the eastern side of the church, it depicts a halo display, e.g. sun dogs, which gives the painting its name and in the 16th century was interpreted as a presage. The monumental pulpit is in a French Baroque style, it became the model for a number of other large pulpits in Sweden. From the rear of its lofty sounding board issues billowing drapery, in front of which hover two large winged genii on either side of a radiant sun bearing the Hebrew letters יהוה; the relief on the front of the pulpit itself depicts the story of the Canaanite woman.

The door of the pulpit is adorned with a relief of Christ's head, while its pediment is crowned by a statue of Hope with putti on either side. Below the memorial are the arms of the Funck family. Beneath the pulpit and surrounded by an iron railing lies the worn gravestone of Olaus Petri; the view down the central aisle of the church is dominated on either side by the Royal Pews, one facing the other on either side of the central aisle. They were designed by the celebrated architect Nicodemus Tessin the Younger and made by Butchard Precht; each consists of a large enclosed box with decorated sides and back. High above each of the Royal Pews is a large royal crown forming a canopy above it, supported by two genii in flowing mantles, from which billow sculptured hangings behind the royal seat, while above hover numerous putti; the royal seats are themselves upholstered in blue velvet with rich applied embroidery. The main altar--"The Silver Altar"—is a wooden triptych with an ebony veneer with sculptured reliefs in silver in ascending order of the Last Supper on the predella.

On either side of the Silver Altar is a sculpture holding a candle, one of St. Nicholas and the other of St. Peter, both designed by G. Torhamn and carved in oak by the sculptor Herbst in 1937; the rose window above and behind the Silver Altar was made in Paris in the 1850s, the first of a series of modern stained windows in the church contributed by various donors. The Silver Altar and the rose window above it fill the wall space occupied by the apse of the medieval chancel removed by Gustavus Vasa when he expanded the fortifications of the Tre Kronor Castle, while the statue of the Olaus Petri monument at the back exterior of the church stands on the site of the medieval high altar. List of churches in Stockholm Virtual tour of Storkyrkan by Virtualsw

George Thomas (American football)

George Carroll Thomas, Jr. was an American football halfback and defensive back in the National Football League for the Washington Redskins and the New York Giants. He was a standout high school basketball player, which led to his being recruited to play college basketball for Tulane University. However, first year OU football coach, Jim Tatum, convinced him stay in Oklahoma and play college football at the University of Oklahoma. Thomas was a standout for the Sooners, lettering in'46,'47,'48 and'49, he earned All-American status in 1949 List of Oklahoma Sooners football All-Americans. Thomas graduated from OU with a degree in Business Administration in 1950. List of NCAA major college football yearly scoring leaders

Thinking of You (Hanson song)

"Thinking of You" is a song written and performed by the American pop-rock band Hanson. It was the final single from the band's debut album Middle of Nowhere; the single was a success in Australia and Finland, reaching number six in both countries, in New Zealand and the United Kingdom, where it peaked within the top 30. It did not chart in the United States, but in Canada it peaked at number 10 on the Canadian Singles Chart. All songs written by Isaac Hanson, Taylor Hanson and Zac Hanson, except "Weird", written by Desmond Child and Hanson. Thinking of You, Part 1 "Thinking of You" – 3:13 "Thinking of You" – 3:10 "River" – 3:46 "Stories" – 2:34Thinking of You, Part 2 "Thinking of You" – 3:13 "MMMBop" – 5:16 "Thinking of You" – 3:17 "With You In Your Dreams" – 4:12Thinking of You, Part 3 "Thinking of You" – 3:13 "Weird" – 4:01 "Weird" "Weird" "Thinking of You" – 3:17 "Thinking of You" was covered by the Baha Men in 2001 and appears on the album 2 Zero 0-0. Lyrics of this song at MetroLyrics