Hällestad church was built of stone in the 12th century. It was enlarged in the 15th century and the tower was erected probably in the late Middle Ages. The church was restored and enlarged in the mid-1800s.

There are mural paintings from the 1400s in the vaults, made by so-called “Vittskövle Master”. Three Viking age runestones are located to the eastern wall outside the church.

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

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Alf Engdahl (12 months ago)
A wonderfully beautiful and well-kept church. Host a great detour
Acki Salomonsson (16 months ago)
My church ... small nice with nice ceiling paintings where I find / get the calm.
Bengt Påhlsson (2 years ago)
Beautifully located church.
Sten-Åke Nilsson (2 years ago)
A nice old church. With a long tradition.
Per Karlsson (2 years ago)
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