Medieval churches in Sweden

Bladåker Church

The first written record of a church on the site of current Bladåker Church dates from 1316. The presently visible church, however, dates from the late 15th or early 16th century, with the exception of the sacristy (13th century) which is the only remains of the earlier, probably otherwise wooden, church. The church is constructed of fieldstone, with brick having been used for details and decorations in the façade. The ...
Founded: 15th century | Location: Knutby, Sweden

Bälinge Church

Bälinge Church is a medieval church in Bälinge, Uppsala Municipality. The church was built at the end of the 13th century and has been substantially altered on several occasions. It derives much of its present appearance from changes made during the 18th century and during a large reconstruction carried out in 1874-88. The church interior contains two sets of murals, one dating from the early 15th century and another m ...
Founded: 13th century | Location: Uppsala, Sweden

Börje Church

The Christian church at Börje was probably preceded by a Norse religious site, perhaps a spring or a grove. The main parts of presently visible church (nave, choir and sacristy) were probably erected between 1310 and 1360, and built by the local community. The main models for the new church were Uppsala Cathedral and the Holy Trinity Church, also in Uppsala. The church porch was added before the middle of the 15th centur ...
Founded: 1310-1360 | Location: Uppsala, Sweden

Läby Church

Läby Church is located on the main road between Uppsala and Sala, and is the rural church closest to Uppsala city. Although Läby Church certainly dates from the Middle Ages, its history is not known in any detail. Its origins may have been a Romanesque church, and according to some sources the oldest part of the church are from the 13th century. The church has furthermore been partially reconstructed and expanded at la ...
Founded: 13th century | Location: Uppsala, Sweden

Stavby Church

Stavby Church ( Stavby kyrka) is a medieval church located north-east of Uppsala. The construction probably started in the middle of the 13th century with the eastern parts of the present church. A western, more narrow, extension was built later during the Middle Ages, and the church porch dates from the end of the medieval period. Two lychgates were also built during the 15th century, one of which still remains. Inside, ...
Founded: 13th century | Location: Uppsala, Sweden

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