Västra Tunhem Church

Västra Tunhem, Sweden

The oldest parts of Västa Tunhem Church date from the 12th century, but it has been rebuilt several times. It was enlarged in the 15th century and again in 1736-1740. The current tower was added in 1810. The font dates from the 13th century and pulpit from 1654. The altar and roof paintings were made in 1740-1755.

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Founded: 12th century
Category: Religious sites in Sweden
Historical period: Consolidation (Sweden)

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Lotta Ringblom (3 years ago)
Vacker och rofylld plats
Liselott Röhs (3 years ago)
Kyrkan ligger naturskönt
Maria Abelsson (4 years ago)
Vackert, med naturen i bakgrunden
Thomas Bressner (4 years ago)
Simple from the outside while impressive from the inside. If you are here go inside the church.
Susann Jonsson (6 years ago)
Beautiful church and surroundings with old oaks (a thousand years old)..
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