Selected Swedish churches
General info: In Sweden, there are around 3,500 churches. On Swedish wikipedia, there are now 660 church articles (November 2005 -- see Projekt Kyrkobyggnader (in Swedish))
en This is a gallery of selected churches. Requirement for entering the list: someone thinks they are noticable.
sv Några utvalda kyrkor, som är intressanta ur främst historisk skäl, men även ibland arkitektoniska, så även kyrkor som är "först eller störst"; och stadskyrkor bör ges visst företräde då de är bättre dokumenterade samt lättare att besöka.
- 1 Dioceses
- 2 Cathedrals
- 3 Geografical division
- 4 Norrland
- 5 Svealand
- 6 Götaland
- 7 Litteratur
There are thirteen diocese (stift) in Sweden. From south to north:
- Diocese of Lund
- Diocese of Växjö
- Diocese of Linköping
- Diocese of Skara
- Diocese of Göteborg
- Diocese of Karlstad
- Diocese of Västerås
- Diocese of Strängnäs
- Diocese of Stockholm
- Diocese of Visby
- Diocese of Uppsala
- Diocese of Härnösand and
- Diocese of Luleå.
Each diocese has a cathedral (domkyrka). Two towns also have a cathedral despite not currently a dioece; Mariestad (a diocese 1580–1646, then merged with Karlstad) and Kalmar (diocese 1678-1915, then merged with Växjö).
Söderhamn: Ulrika Eleonora kyrka - Inaugurated 1693; reddish cruciform church
Stockholm is Sweden's capital, on Sweden's east coast between Södermanland and Uppland. It has 750,000 in the municipality, kommun, area. Stockholm is a see (biskopssäte).
Riddarholmskyrkan - 13th century foundation; burial church of Sweden's monarchy.
German church, Tyska kyrkan - 17th century; baroque; situated in the old town section.
Gustav Vasa church - Inaugurated 1906, one of Stockholm's largest with 1,500 seats.
Katarina kyrka - Rebuilt to its 1695 appearance
20 municipalities with a combined inhabitants of 1,000,000 comprise the Stockholm surroundings: Botkyrka, Danderyd, Ekerö, Haninge, Huddinge, Järfälla, Lidingö, Nacka Sigtuna, Sollentuna, Solna, Sundbyberg, Tyresö, Täby, Upplands-Bro, Upplands Väsby, Vallentuna, Vaxholm, Värmdö, Österåker and Salem.
Solna kyrka - 12th century foundation; Romanesque round-church.
Uppsala County, or Uppsala län, belongs to the archdiocese (ärkestift) of Uppsala. It has 300,000 inhabitants. Municipalities are: Älvkarleby, Tierp, Östhammar, Uppsala, Enköping, Håbo, Knivsta. Sigtuna and Uppsala are both ancient living areas with many archaelogical remains.
Old Uppsala Church - 12th century; artfacts from the previous Uppsala Cathedral.
Scania / Skåne / Schonen
Skåne a province in southernmost Sweden. Belonged to Denmark until 1658. Has a population of 1,150,000 inhabitants. Largest cities are Malmö, Lund and Helsingborg. The countryside still contains many medieval Danish churches, its exterior characterised by stepped gavels (trappstegsgavel). Inside are often baptismal fonts from 12th-13th century; lime stone paintings & other decorations somwhat later, 15th-17th century.
For details, see article Selected Scanian churches.
Sankt Petri kyrka, Malmö - 1210-1240; Baltic-Gothic brick church
Burlövs gamla kyrka - Medieval, romanesque; altarpiece 1598; baptismal font 13th century
Dalby heligkorskyrka - Cirka 1060, Scandinavias oldest stone church.
Västra Klagstorps kyrka - 13th century churchtower ; medieval bapt funt; altarpiece and pulpit from 1590
Valleberga kyrka - Scanias only round-church; oldest parts from 1150; medieval bapt. funt
Blekinge, a province in south-east Sweden.
Halland is a province in south western Sweden.
Småland is a province in southern Sweden. It is distinguished by forests and glassworks (glasbruk) . 700,000 inhabitants.
Hagby kyrka - Sweden's best kept 12th century round-church
Hossmo kyrka - Stone church, early 12th century, with 13th century bapt. funt.
Älmhults kyrka - The Church in Älmhult.
Gotland is an island outside Småland, south-east Sweden. Was independant until 1288, belonged to Sweden until 1449, then to Denmark between 1449-1645, and again to Sweden thereafter. The only diocese is Visby Diocese. It has 60,000 inhabitants, with 25,000 living in Visby. Visby was an old medieval town largely designed by the Hanseatic league.
Bro kyrka - Romanesque tower from 12th century; choir from 1236; was a pilgrimage site.
Gothems kyrka - 13th century; once Sweden's tallest tower; lime paintings ca 1300.
Vreta kloster, monastery and church, 13th century
Allmänt:Amos Sommar Kyrkoguiden 2005 (2005).
Skåne : Skånes kyrkor (1940); Kyrkor i Skåne : en kulturhistoria - Siegrun Fernlund (1980).