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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Edwin Monroy (5 months ago)
Quite a lot of history in the cathedral. There is a small exhibition of some valuable items. The information leaflet gives very useful descriptions
Monisha rockzz (6 months ago)
Vásteras is one of the most old places in Sweden.This church is also one of the oldest buildings.The cathedral building is rich in architecture.Even from outer of the city you can see this church.It is situated near to the centrum. The internal architecture was rich.The place was well maintained.It is believed that this church was constructed in the year 1200s.Still the church was utmost one of the tourist attractions in Vásteras. The choir was very much big.You must definitely go to this church when you visit Vásteras
Maghsood Salimi (7 months ago)
Maybe the best building in Västerås for taking aerial photos by drone.It is unique with great view among the buildings around.I'm looking for a chance to take some photos from its inside architecture. The church is an old historical building has been made 750 years before.
Emil Témun Garpelin (9 months ago)
This summer, i visited Västerås. This beautiful church was located close to my hotel so i felt forced to visit this place. Even tough i dont belive in god i felt special in there. So magical. So historical. Next time i visit Västerås i wish to see this wonderful building once again!
Jussi Valkiainen (10 months ago)
Magnificent old church filled with history. You can easily spend an hour or longer wondering inside. Treasure room and tower were closed in Oct 2021.
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