Stora Tuna Church

Borlänge, Sweden

The medieval church of former Stora Tuna municipality was built in 1469 as the three-nave cathedral. During the years 1557-1568, three priests with bishop title worked in the church. After that Dalarna and Västerås dioceses were joined and the church remained as one of the largest parish churches in Sweden. The 86m high tower was erected in 1917. The church contains many valuable artefacts including a fine 16th century crucifix and medieval mural paintings. Guided tours are available during the summer season.

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

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Founded: 1469
Category: Religious sites in Sweden
Historical period: Kalmar Union (Sweden)

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Andréas Skogholm (44 days ago)
En jättefin stor kyrka som är väl värd ett besök.
Kent Dahlquist (47 days ago)
Vad vackert åk dit
Magdalena Alm (2 months ago)
Så vacker ståtlig kyrka
Sven-Åke Stenälw (9 months ago)
Gifte mig i denna vackra kyrka 1967. Kyrkan har även en gammal och intresant histora
Sara Lindberg (2 years ago)
Beautiful church with a warm and welcoming atmosphere. Has a lovely midnight mass on the night of Christmas Eve with 200-500 attendants each year.
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