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The Swedish Theological Institute

Founded in 1947, the Swedish Theological Institute seeks to further a deeper understanding of the religious traditions in Jerusalem: Judaism, Christianity and Islam.

The Swedish Theological Institute, STI, is a meeting place for people in Jerusalem as well as for temporary visitors, from different parts of the world, who are involved in matters concerning religion, culture and dialogue. It offers an opportunity to study the many different types of interfaith dialogue which exist in Jerusalem. 

It is also home to the local Swedish congregation which celebrates worship services in the Birgitta Chapel, dedicated to the Swedish Saint Birgitta.

Crucial to beliefs, rites and daily life

The uniqueness of Jerusalem is not just due to the long and troubled history of the city, but is also the result of the many traditions – religious, cultural and political – that now coexist in the area. Jerusalem is a holy city for Jews, Christians and Muslims.

Their Holy Scriptures, constantly read and studied in worship and teaching, are crucial to the beliefs, rites and daily life of Jews, Christians and Muslims.

STI is located in one of the most beautiful and well-known buildings in the city, Beit Tavor. It was constructed by the famous architect Conrad Schick and erected in 1882 and served as a home for him and his family. Church of Sweden acquired the property in the 1960's.