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The Skellefte Madonna


The Wooden Madonna In Skellefte.

There’s a wonderful old, fine, wooden sculpture in the country parish church (Landskyrkan) in Skelleftea. It depicts the Virgin

The Skellefteå Madonna Photo: Bengt Lindkvist
The Skellefteå Madonna
Photo: Bengt Lindkvist

Mary, and is made out of walnut on the 12th century.

It is one of the best preserved Romanesque sculptures from that period , also probably carved by artisans in West Germany. It is well worth a visit, as well as  the church.


Looking at the sculpture , I wonder how the model of this romanesque looked like by the time when it was finishen.

It was originally painted in bright colors, which 900 years has fade away.The Country Parish Church, Skellefteå The Country ParishChurch, Skellefteå