Heda Church

Ödeshög, Sweden

The oldest parts of Heda Church were built in the early 1100s. It was renovated to the Cistercian style in the late 13th century. The church was enlarged between 1855-1858.

The most interesting detail in Heda church is the fine collection of medieval wooden sculptures. The most famous of these is a remarkably well preserved wooden sculpture of the Virgin Mary as Queen of Heaven, which is more than eight hundred years old. The church also possesses other images of the Madonna, a thirteenth century oak crucifix, a medieval image of John the Baptist and a fifteenth century triptych, made locally. There are ancient rune stones built into the church wall.

  • Marianne Mehling et al. Knaurs Kulturführer in Farbe. Schweden. München 1987.


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


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Tobias Ag (6 months ago)
12th century church 2 rune stones on the back of the apse outside. Structure unusual. More like a c or E than a +. Tapestry from 1500 and wooden figures. Whoever comes by likes to stop
Mikael Rehnstrand (7 months ago)
Very nice and atmospheric church where you can see the wings of history. Well worth one or more visits!
3Enz (8 months ago)
Very well maintained church as well as the surrounding grounds. As part of the pilgrimage route, the church is also open. ⛪ One should look down around the church, on the east side two more rune stones from earlier days have been built into the wall. ?
Lotta svennberg (2 years ago)
Heda marken has a long history and is located around Heda church. Both the market (once a year) and the church are worth a visit and you get to feel the vibes from the early 20th century
Tomas Ström (3 years ago)
Nice little church with nice arches and interesting history.
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