Habo Church (Habo kyrka) is a unique wooden church building which bears resemblance to a cathedral, but is built entirely in wood. It is in the form of abasilica, with a high nave and two lower side aisles. It received its present appearance in 1723.

The interior of the church was painted in 1741-1743 by two artists from Jönköping, Johan Kinnerius and Johan Christian Peterson. The paintings illustrate Martin Luther's catechism summary of Christian doctrine.

Habo Church is one of four churches whose pictures were reproduced by the Swedish Post Office in 2002 for a series of Christmas stamps under the rubric 'Romantic Churches at Christmas'.

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Habo Kyrkby, Habo, Sweden
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Founded: 1723
Category: Religious sites in Sweden
Historical period: The Age of Liberty (Sweden)

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Marija Rusaka (10 months ago)
Absolutely amazing old wooden church with stunning beautiful interior covered with old painted masterpieces !!! Highly recommended for all!
Miklós Gyula Mester (10 months ago)
Wonderful.
Mike Heath (11 months ago)
A wooden church with paintings on the internal walls depicting Biblical scenes. Known as a"road" church, a place for travellers and holiday makers to visit. A summer cafe over the road. It is still used for weddings and other events but I understand that the congregation usually meets somewhere else.
Parisa Mirdamadi (11 months ago)
It was a little bit out of the way from our driving route, but completely worth it! The church was beautiful and every inch seemed to be painted with beautiful artwork. There are some small booklets you can buy with more information about the church and pictures of some of the artworks. Definitely make a trip here, even if it’s out of your way!
Anh Nguyen (12 months ago)
So beautiful
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