Kläckeberga Church

Kalmar, Sweden

Kläckeberga Church was built in the early 13th century, but was subsequently burned by the Danes in 1611. Today, the interior of the church consists mostly of furnishings and objects from the 18th century and later.

The church originally had three floors: a cellar, main floor (the present church hall) and a larger hall above that. In addition, there was once a shooting attic above that hall. So Kläckeberga Church was also once a fortified church, surrounded by several earthwork walls and moats. Historical notes from the 15th century also indicate that various garrisons were stationed in this church during the many battles for Kalmar and Kalmar Castle.

Today the most significant artefact in the church is a altarpiece painted by Herman Han in 1616. It was transferred to Sweden as a loot from Poland during the Thirty Years War.

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

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Founded: 13th century
Category: Religious sites in Sweden
Historical period: Consolidation (Sweden)

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www2.kalmar.com

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Jonas Jerner (4 years ago)
Mycket fin kyrka
Roland Åkesson (4 years ago)
Kläckeberga kyrka med anor från 1100-talet. Annorlunda med klocktornet söder om kyrkan.
Per Toll (4 years ago)
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