Torshälla Church

Torshälla, Sweden

The present Torshälla Church building was originally erected in Romanesque style during the 12th century at the old heathen sacrificial place of Torsharg. Torshälla was granted city rights in 1317, making the old church insufficient for the growing population of the town. A newnave was added to the west, transforming the old nave into a choir.

During the 15th century, the church tower, church porch and vaulted ceiling were added. The tower spire was rebuilt in 1614 to reach a height of 92 meters, making Torshälla Church a landmark used for navigation on nearby Lake Mälaren and one of Sweden's tallest buildings at the time. After the tower spire and the roof were destroyed in 1873, in a fire caused by a lightning strike, they were replaced with the present, lower brick gabled roof.

Wooden sculptures depicting St. Bridget of Sweden, St. Catherine of Vadstena, Saint Gertrude and Saint George are displayed in the church. The preserved 15th century ceiling paintings are attributed to the master painter Albertus Pictor and include the oldest known depiction of eyeglasses in Sweden, showing Abraham as a reading man wearing glasses.

Along the south wall a burial vault was built during the 17th century for the family of the early industrialist and founder of Eskilstuna's iron-working industry Reinhold Rademacher (1609-1668).

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

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Stefan Sjöström (10 months ago)
Calm place.
Hannele och Esko Liimatta (15 months ago)
The grave care does not work, in some places sprinkler systems do not work. Have pointed out that it did not work already a number of times last year. But just as bad this year, those who have grave care should look for what it looks like for them. Summer flowers have now been planted and it will be more than interesting to see how the next season will continue.
Viking By (18 months ago)
Torshälla parish is responsible for the distinguished church that exists in Torshälla.
Maj-Gun Lindén (19 months ago)
The church provides so much warmth. Those who worked here have the hearts of gold.
John Nilsson (20 months ago)
Nice church with nice church. Amelie is a wonderful office!
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