Lovö Church

Drottningholm, Sweden

The oldest part of Lovö Church has been dated back to the later part of the 12th century. According Berit Wallenberg it was built as early as the 11th century. It is also believed that an even older wooden church existed on this site. Church sermons are held in the church, normally once a month, and for certain Christian holidays.

The church is unusually small and narrow. It was extended to the east, first in the 13th and further in the 17th century. Churches built during this time were built with a weapons room, a foyer where people going to church had to lay down their arms before entering the church itself. This weapons house was demolished in 1798, and an entry was made in the west side of the attached church tower. There are also five Viking Age memorial runestones that are located outside the Lovö church.

The sanctuary of the church was created around 1670. The architect is believed to be Nicodemus Tessin the Elder, who was working on Drottningholm Palace around this same time. Inside the church are 30 gravestones, several of which belonged to people employed at Drottningholm palace. The interior was renovated in 2004.



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


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Pentti Savolainen (4 months ago)
Be there early morning to visit the cemetery which is nice and well maintained
Cecilia Sel (3 years ago)
There we had baptism and wedding ❤?
Joseph Mugerwa (3 years ago)
This church from the second half of the 12th century. In its interior there is about 30 tombstones most of which where employee on the king's Drottningholms castle. Its unusually narrow and elongated church compared to other churches
Jovan Velickovic (4 years ago)
Clean, clean and clean area!
Hans Bjorkman (5 years ago)
One of the oldest churches in the Stockholm area. Medieval but with several expansions and changes over the years. Herman Göring's wife Carin was buried here in 1931, but after the grave was vandalized, her remains were moved to Carinhall in Nazi Germany. There, her crib was vandalized at the end of the war and she was moved back to Lövö church, where her son is now also buried. As many as five rune stones can be found around the church with clear information about each stone.
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