Pictures: Hörby Kyrka – The Church of Hörby

by Keith Turner on July 3, 2013

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view from the street
Of course I had to visit the church of Hörby while I was there at the Hörby Market.  I find these old churches fascinating for a lot of reasons.  One of them is that they have interesting architecture and art.  Also it is integrating to me to think about a building that has been in continuous use for hundreds of years and in the case of this church for at least 873 years.  The old part of the church was built between 1120 and 1140.  Fast forward history a few hundred years and the small church had outgrown the congregation so in 1895-1896 the church was expanded.  In the picture above the part with the circular window is the new part, plus the tower was made much higher.
The reason given for expanding the church and not building a new church all together was that the congregation did not have the funds to build a completely new church.  In this case they came up with a very creative way to add additional space and future generations benefited by preserving the old part of the church.  In 1956/59 the church was restored.  The old part of the church was restored in appearance to it original character.
original part of the church
Views from the older part of the chruch
baptismal font
Views from the newer part of the church
 
looking towards front of church
High Altar
Pulpit
organ loft and entrance
closeup of pulpit
closeup of pulpit
closeup of pulpit
 
The high altar, the pulpit and the baptismal font all date from the 17th century.  I have included some closeups of the pulpit so that you can see some of the detail of the carvings.  They are quite exquisite.  I think of someone carving and building all these by hand and them the detailed paintings of the carvings.  There was a large amount of craftsmanship and artistry that went into building them.  On the top of the high altar is the symbol C4 which was the symbol of King Christian IV of Denmark.  At least the high altar was made during the time that he was the king over Skåne or Scania in English.

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  1. Hi Keith, I write a blog on Swedish mid-century rugs and would like to use a couple of your photos of this church. May I do this with credit to your blog? I should say that I am trying to get this post up really fast so if I don’t hear from you, I think I will assume that it is ok and then if you hate the idea or the post, I will delete your photo.
    Thanks a lot,
    Anne Whidden

    1. Please feel free to use the picture with the credit to the blog. I look forward to reading your blog on Swedish mid-century rugs.

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