Nederluleå Church is a medieval Lutheran church in Gammelstaden near Luleå in Norrbotten County, Sweden. It belongs to the Diocese of Luleå. The church is the largest medieval church in the Swedish land of Norrland. It forms a part of the UNESCO World Heritage Site Gammelstad Church Town.Plan to visit Nederlulea Kyrka during your Lulea vacation using our convenient Lulea visit app.
The presently visible stone church was probably preceded by a wooden chapel. Construction of the stone church started in the 15th century and continued into the early 16th century. The church was however inaugurated already in 1492, by Jakob Ulvsson, Archbishop of Uppsala. Arrowslits preserved in the church indicate that apart from its religious use, it also served a defensive purpose. The church remained largely unchanged until the 18th century. In 1745 the medieval frescos were painted over, and during the same decade the windows were enlarged. In 1776-78 the church was painted red, externally, a new entrance was made and more windows added. In 1848 the windows were altered, again. Successive changes to the interior, with old furnishings removed and new added, have also been carried out since the 18th century. During a renovation in 1909 the medieval frescos were uncovered again and the choir portal regained its original appearance, which had been altered during the 18th century. Additional renovations have been carried out in 1936, 1954 and 1969-71. The free-standing bell tower dates from 1851 and replaced an earlier, wooden bell tower. The two bells date from 1554 and 1684, but have both been re-cast in later times.
Nederlulea Kyrka reviews
Historically unique place. On UNESCO's World Heritage List. The medieval church is fantastic and the surrounding church town which consists of more than four hundred small cottages has an exciting... more »
Built in the 15th century and kept up well. Audio tours available. Note the alter screen with gold leaf, still the most expensive one made. And if you are an organ lover this one is impressive... more »
Great looking church, the construction must have taken a long time with all the integrate work that gone into building it inside and out. Nederluleå Church is the largest medieval Lutheran church in Norrland. Norrland is the northernmost of the three traditional lands of Sweden, consisting of nine provinces. It forms a part of the UNESCO World Heritage Site Gammelstad Church Town.
Interesting looking church with curious history. People working at the church are always happy to tell more about it. Leaflets with church’s history are available in multiple languages. Overall, worth a visit.
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