Kalix Church is the northernmost medieval church in Sweden. It dates from the 15th century (first mentioned in 1472). Several items of medieval inventory are preserved including the font, altarpiece and two sculptures. The pulpit, a Baroque work, is from 1674, and is among the oldest to be found in the north of Sweden. The church has a separate wooden belfry, which was made in 1731. The church has been sacked by Russian troops twice, in the 18th and 19th centuries; the adjacent church cottages were burnt down.


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Kungsviksgatan, Kalix, Sweden
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Founded: 15th century
Category: Religious sites in Sweden
Historical period: Kalmar Union (Sweden)


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Jan Johansson (3 years ago)
En vacker kyrka belägen vid kalixälv.
Marian Žilinski (3 years ago)
Совсем не бедная лютеранская кирка . Приходилось видеть не один лютеранский храм . В Эстонии , Финляндии , Латвии . Все выглядят снаружи очень бедно . Как в нутри не знаю . Как-то не довелось побывать . Но я думаю что примерно одинаково . С православными и католическими по роскоши и богатству не сравнить . Эта выглядит совсем прилично . В Швеции всё выглядит по богаче . Хотя часов на зданиях не видно а это значит что церковный приход не очень богатый .
Kenth Henriksson (3 years ago)
mycket trevlig o fin kyrka stämningsfullt
Kenneth Hansson (3 years ago)
En fin kyrka o bra personal o en superförsamling.
Claes Gefvenberg (3 years ago)
I have not been inside, as there was a couple getting married there when I happened to pass by, but the exterior is beautiful.
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Construction was started in 1499 by the Danish knight Jens Holgersen Ulfstand and stone-cutter-mason and architect Adam van Düren, a North German master who also worked on Lund Cathedral. Construction was completed in 1506.

Ulfstand was a councillor, nobleman and admiral serving under John I of Denmark and many objects have been uncovered during archeological excavations that demonstrate the extravagant lifestyle of the knight's family at Glimmingehus up until Ulfstand's death in 1523. Some of the most expensive objects for sale in Europe during this period, such as Venetian glass, painted glass from the Rhine district and Spanish ceramics have been found here. Evidence of the family's wealth can also be seen inside the stone fortress, where everyday comforts for the knight's family included hot air channels in the walls and bench seats in the window recesses. Although considered comfortable for its period, it has also been argued that Glimmingehus was an expression of "Knighthood nostalgia" and not considered opulent or progressive enough even to the knight's contemporaries and especially not to later generations of the Scanian nobility. Glimmingehus is thought to have served as a residential castle for only a few generations before being transformed into a storage facility for grain.

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