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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Maria Haritou (10 months ago)
Exceptionally polite personnel. Beautiful sculpture depicting the life of Christ.
Sara McGuff (14 months ago)
Beautifully preserved medieval church with countless pieces of art and history on every wall and tucked in every corner. Make sure to look in the treasury in the northwest corner (left side after you enter) for amazing artifacts and to learn about this church's place in the history of the Reformation in Sweden. Staff are very friendly and extremely knowledgeable.
Benno Changor (2 years ago)
Wonderful ancient cathedral of the swedish church. The copper lights are beautiful. The museum inside tells the historical journey of the Church and the clergy from the beginning. A must place to visit.
Thomas Bayard (2 years ago)
A lovely church worth visiting, maybe even a detour. The historic feel is overwhelming as you walk around. If you get the chance to attend a choir concert, do that. The sounds are amazing.
Edwin Monroy (2 years 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
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