Västerås Cathedral

Västerås, Sweden

The oldest parts of Västerås Cathedral date from the 13th century. It was originally built as a triple-aisled basilica in the 1230s and inaugurated in 1271. The cathedral was rebuilt and enlarged during the next two centuries. The tower was erected around 1420. The steeple was added in 1691 and it was designed by Nicodemus Tessin the Younger.

The most famous person buried to the Västerås Cathedral is King Erik XIV, the son of Gustav Vasa. The highlights of the interior are three beautiful triptychs, although there is much other fine interior furniture, including the pulpit.

  • Marianne Mehling et al. Knaurs Kulturführer in Farbe. Schweden. München 1987.
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Founded: 1230-1271
Category: Religious sites in Sweden
Historical period: Consolidation (Sweden)

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Per Häggdahl (2 years ago)
Brilliant cathesral
Mark Kattan (2 years ago)
Beautiful very old church with very old graves (1500-1700) a must if you are in västerås!
Bijoy Goswami (bijoy) (2 years ago)
HQ for one of Sweden’s key stewards, Bishop Rudbeckius, who created many reforms, including secondary education for boys and girls (with his wife). The Cathedral is the main building in the complex of buildings, which make for a lovely walking tour. Make sure to walk behind the altar to learn about the bishop’s work, and you cannot miss his wonderful statue at the front entrance!
Susana Berglim (3 years ago)
Very cozy inside. Very solemn. It is also like looking back during the olden times with prince and princess in the castle.
Dhiraj Ramchandani (3 years ago)
A nice and peaceful church (not sure what that would be in Swedish).. It's a large and oldest one, and of course beautifully made.. A must visit, if you are ever travelling to Västerås.. Can spend some good time nearby, various shopping shops or restaurants are there, a full market is developed.. At a walking distance, you also have a work to visit.. So, can spend some good time around..
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