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.

References:
  • 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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Jan Wiklund (43 days ago)
Hedamadonnan was worth seeing
Jimmy Ahlwin (2 months ago)
Mysig liten stenkyrka, endast besökt den på ett bröllop.
Mikael Kronqvist (2 months ago)
Open church from 1400.
Per Sandberg (2 months ago)
Very nice and different medieval church.
Gunnar Sand (2 years ago)
Fantastic. Historical church.
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