In the village of Kungslena stands a whitewashed church with three towers. Kungslena Church is a medieval church that exudes cultural history.
Built in the 13th century
Kungslena Church was built during the 13th century by Erik XI (also known as "Erik the Lisp and Lame"). He built the church in memory of his father's victory in the Battle of Lena in the year 1208. It is said that in the battle, the Danes burned down the old church, which was a wooden stave church.
Three unique "king's towers"
The church's characteristic exterior with three towers is unique. The towers were not there when the church was built. Legend has it that they appeared after Easter Day in the year 1258 when Birger Jarl, who was the King of Sweden at the time, visited the church along with his son-in-law, King Håkan of Norway, and his son Valdemar, who later became the King of Sweden. In memory of this event, the three towers were erected. The central tower is the largest and symbolizes Birger Jarl.
In Kungslena Church, you will find large and detailed paintings executed in 1749 by Johannes Risberg. Beneath these paintings, fragments of medieval paintings from the later part of the 15th century, created by Master Amund, can be seen. The baptismal font dates back to the 12th century and is a remnant from the old church that burned down. Furthermore, the door to the sacristy, made of wood with its stock lock, also originates from the old church. Among the furnishings, there is a Madonna statue created in the mid-13th century.
Authorized medieval guide Rosa Qvist is happy to guide visitors in Kungslena Church and the surrounding historical sites.