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Nederlulea Kyrka, Lulea

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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.
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. Plan to visit Nederlulea Kyrka during your Lulea vacation using our convenient Lulea visit app.
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  • Stone work is amazing, but the inside is even better. Overall great stop just to sit and view.!! Get the audio tour from the visitor center 
    Stone work is amazing, but the inside is even better. Overall great stop just to sit and view.!! Get the audio tour from the visitor center  more »
  • 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... 
    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 »
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  • Upon entering we were offered a guided tour by a friendly and knowledgeable local, offering a lot of details about the history of the church village and how it became to be. The church's interior holds interesting late medival paintings and an amazing altar. Thanks again.
  • Really nice place, the bus is direct from Lulea, an easy quick trip

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