Gammelstad Church Town

Luleå, Sweden

Gammelstad Church Town is a UNESCO World Heritage Site situated in Gammelstaden near the city of Luleå. It is the best preserved example of a type of town that was once widespread throughout northern Scandinavia. As Church Village of Gammelstad, Luleå, it was listed as a World Heritage Site in 1996. At its centre is an early 15th century stone church surrounded by 424 wood-built houses. The houses were only used on Sundays and during religious festivals to accommodate worshippers from the surrounding countryside who could not return home the same day because of the distance and difficult travelling conditions.

The church in Gammelstad is the biggest medieval church in Northern Sweden. It was built in the 15th century, and according to tradition it was inaugurated by Archbishop Jacob Ulfsson in 1492. The whitewashed bell tower was built in 1851.The interior is richly ornamented and furnished. The late-medieval frescoes in the chancel are by the School of Albertus Pictor. They were whitewashed over in the 18th century but restored in 1909. To the right of the altar there are medieval pews and a reconstructed bishop´s throne or cathedra. The triptych above the altar was built in Antwerp in around 1520 and cost 900 silver marks, and enormous sum which the farmers of Luleå are said to have paid in cash. The pulpit and memorial tablets were made by Nils Jacobsson Fluur at the beginning of the 18th century.

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Founded: ca. 1492
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Historical period: Kalmar Union (Sweden)

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www.lulea.se
en.wikipedia.org

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Aslan Lulu (17 months ago)
İt was very beautiful to walk around,stone kirke was impressive.it s UNESCO heritage..
tomek fluder (17 months ago)
beautiful quiet village in winter season with amazing views
Henrik Eriksson (2 years ago)
Lovely mini village. Most things closed this year.
Miqdad Askari (2 years ago)
Very much beaitiful church from 15th century. Photos are not allowed inside but still people were taking it inside. A good place to visit if you like visiting historical places.
Miqdad Askari (2 years ago)
Very much beaitiful church from 15th century. Photos are not allowed inside but still people were taking it inside. A good place to visit if you like visiting historical places.
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