Kungslena Church

Tidaholm, Sweden

Kungslena church was probably built in the late 1100s or before 1208 according to tradition by King Erik XI to commemorate the battle of Lena. It is known for its unusual appearance, with three turret towers rising above the roof.

The wall paintings were made in 1749 by Johannes Risberg and is one reason why the church is a famous tourist attraction. The font has been dated to 1170, and it is believed the church is older yet. The wall paintings, created in the eighteenth century by Johannes Risberg, draw many visitors. There are audio guides available in the church allowing you to take a guided tour in English, Swedish or German.

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Founded: 12th century
Category: Religious sites in Sweden
Historical period: Consolidation (Sweden)

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www.vastsverige.com

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Margaretha Härnlund (17 months ago)
En otroligt vacker kyrka och dess omgivning är helt bedårande
Mattias Nystrand (17 months ago)
En magisk stämning rådde den där vår kvällen då jag passerade på väg hem till Jönköping. Det var som att kastas tillbaka i tiden flera hundra år. Nästa gång hoppas jag komma då kyrkan är öppen. Kanske kommer jag då vandrande på pilgrimsvägen .....
Olle Jönson (17 months ago)
Best church because I got married there!
Guje Oskarsson (18 months ago)
Such a beautiful church with fantastic paintings!
Boris Tékaty (3 years ago)
Very well preserved church. Cosy place.
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