Herrestad Church

Vadstena, Sweden

Herrestad Church is one of the oldest existing churches in Sweden. According the Radiocarbon dating of wooden parts the construction was started in 1112. Archaeologists have also found nearby an early Christian tomb from the 1000s. It is quite probable there has been a wooden church before the stone church was built.

Herrestad church was made of limestone in early Romanesque style. The interior includes a medieval triptych, which depicts the coronation of the Virgin Mary and which was made at Vadstena Monastery in the 15th century. There is also an original medieval font, along with a triumphal crucifix from the 15th century. The pulpit was carved in the 16th century piece by a local artist. The church doors date back to the earliest days of the building.

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Founded: ca. 1112
Category: Religious sites in Sweden
Historical period: Consolidation (Sweden)

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Bertil Lindgren (6 months ago)
One of the oldest churches around Omberg, or rather one of Sweden's oldest. The church is from the early 12th century, so soon it is almost a thousand years old. In the armory there are two old doors with beautiful wrought iron fittings. Fantastic to be able to experience the tranquility and history of this building.
Fredrik Dahlin (6 months ago)
Very beautiful church but nice environment all around. The church is over 900 years old and small but cosy.
Anders Berggren (7 months ago)
Located very nice with a view of the mountains and the fog.
Annika Strid (2 years ago)
Björn Englund (2 years ago)
Nice
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