The sacristy of Vendel Church was made of brick probably in the late 1200s and it is the oldest still existing part of the church. The current church building was completed around the year 1300. Arches were added in the 1450s and the church was enlarged in the 18th century.

Vende church is well-known of its mural paintings, dating back to the year 1451. They were painted by Johannes Ivan and donated by Agneta Krummedik from the near Örbyhus castle.

In 500-800 AD Vendel was a significant market and cultural centre. Archaelogists have found 14 so-called ship burials from the Vendel churchyard. Noblemen were buried there with their horses and equipments between 550-800 AD. Some foundings are displayed in the church's gate building. The historical era is named as a Vendel period after foundings in Vendel area.

References:
  • Marianne Mehling et al. Knaurs Kulturführer in Farbe. Schweden. München 1987.

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Founded: late 1200s
Category: Religious sites in Sweden
Historical period: Consolidation (Sweden)

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Eric Pettersson (12 months ago)
Worth a visit. A little strange that a church is closed on a Sunday .... ? Anyway, the little museum next door was open. Overall, well worth a visit if you like history ?
Henrik Robeck (16 months ago)
Very beautiful and nice church with long history. Large and spacious almost cathedral-like. This lies in Vendel, which was given the name of the era before the Viking Age, with the incredible tomb finds that made, very similar to Sutton Ho.
Jan Ohlström (2 years ago)
Nice church, may I say.??
Erik Wallin (2 years ago)
Here you can feel the wings of history. Generations have been buried here. And an incredibly nice old church.
Ingvar Skönstrand (2 years ago)
Absolut en av vackraste kyrka vi har i Upplands län. Rekommenderar ett besök där.
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