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The Seglora Church

26 Aug

After a short walk across the Djurgården Bridge we arrive at the open air museum Skansen. Here we visit a small wooden church named Seglora kyrka. The Seglora church was originally built in Seglora parish, near Borås in the western part of Sweden, in 1729. In the beginning of the 1900’s this church was replaced by a larger church built out of stone and the wooden church was to be demolished. However Artur Hazelius, the founder of Skansen, wanted to have a church in his open air museum. His first plan was to build a copy of an existing church but when he found out the fate of the Seglora church he decided to save it for the after world. In 1916 the church council agreed to sell the Seglora church to the Nordic Museum and immediately the work started to move the church from Seglora to Skansen. On the 26th of May 1918 the move was completed and the church was again consecrated.

The ceiling paintings you can see in the HDR-picture below are made by the Gothenburg artist Sven Wernberg and pictures scenes from the life of Jesus. The altarpiece was made 1780 by the artist H. Fabriqueren Åhwall and replaced and older one. This was done after the Bischop had said “att Altare Taflan war nog gammal och af litet anseende”, “the Altarpiece is old and of small value”.

Even of the Seglora church serves as a museum, regular religious services are held here as well as concerts. Seglora is also a popular church for weddings and baptisms.

The altar in the Seglora church at Skansen, Stockholm.

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Posted by on August 26, 2011 in Church, History, Museum, Photo, Stockholm

 

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