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Hällestads Church
Medieval Christian art in Sweden. Copyright Lars-Olof Albertson
Medieval diocese: Lund
Province: Skåne
Municipality: Lund
Constructed
11th century
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Description
The church in Hällestad was probably constructed in the 12th century. The church was reconstructed in the middle of 19th century with a totally new choir and a north and a south transept. In the 15th century the church was painted by the Vittskövle workshop. Originally both the walls and the vaults had paintings but today only the paintings in the vaults can be seen. In 1828 the local vicar wrote that he had seen that the year 1460 was painted and it may be correct when looking at the dresses of the soldiers. The paintings cover the story of Jesus last days from the entrance into Jerusalem to Christ before Pilate. Probably the scenes on the walls have covered the rest of the last days of Christ.
Bibliography
Anders Blommstrand, Håkan Fundell: Hällestads kyrka i Torna kontrakt, Dalby 1994
A Catalogue of Wall-Paintings in Medieval Denmark 1100-1600. Scania Halland Blekinge. II. Catalogue A-M Copenhagen 1976. pp 184-186.