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“An interesting piece of art” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Kiruna Kyrka

Kiruna Kyrka
Kyrkogatan 8, Kiruna 98122 , Sweden
980678 12
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Ranked #4 of 18 attractions in Kiruna
Type: Churches/ Cathedrals
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Stockholm, Sweden
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42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
“An interesting piece of art”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2012

A shape of the building is interesting itself - it was inspired by traditional lapp houses - it is good to go round and see all statues places on the roof. There is also a bell tower near to the main entrance. The church is open during a day, so visitors don't have to book time or look for keys to go inside.

There is no dedicated parking - at least I couldn't find any - but visitors can park their cars in the nearby.

Visited July 2012
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“A sacred place with a unique atmosphere”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2012

Kiruna church is definitely a must. It was built about 100 years ago, entirely of wood and should resemble the Sami people's huts (kåta in Swedish). Inside the church the smell of tar is apparent, which makes the atmosphere even more solemn. The smell of tar is a result of a mistake when they tarred the roof a few years ago (tar leaked into the church and forced the church to close for months). Now the roof is replaced and painted in a traditional Swedish red soluble paint. It is very nice. If you only have a short time in Kiruna, the church is the obvious choice. The altarpiece was painted by a real prince, and depicts a Tuscan landscape. Really cool. You can see the original painting at the steps of the pulpit.

Visited July 2012
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“A truly beautiful building”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2012

When visiting the small-town of Kiruna, it is essential to visit the beautiful church in the centre that appears on many local postcards. Construction on the wooden church started in 1907 and it was built on the orders of the LKAB mining company (who founded Kiruna), its style influenced by that of a Sami tent. In 2001 it was voted Sweden's best looking religious building and it is easy to see why as this unique shaped church is exquisitely designed. You would probably not spend more than 20 minutes looking around the church/in the church itself (which is free), but it is worth dropping by when in town as it really is a "one-off" style of building that leaves a lasting impression.

Visited March 2012
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