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Österhaninge Church in full

Österhaninge church was mainly built during the Middle Ages. The oldest remaining portions of the structure are the walls of the nave as well as parts of the chancel and the east wall of the vestry.

During the 2nd half of the 1400’s, the church was widened, the current vestry and porch were added and the nave was given its three star vaults. At this time, another wall was added to partition the western end of the church for the uses of the Teutonic Order which has a strong history in the area surrounding Årsta. The tower, inside the walls of the nave was built in stages with the later ones occurring during the 1500’s.

In 1663, the chapel opposite the tower was constructed for Admiral Claes Bielkenstierna of Vendelsö and Årsta. The developer was his wife Barbaro Åkesdotter Natt och Dag. When Admiral Claes’ son perished in the navel battle of Öland in 1676, Barbaro ordered a large memorial in Italian marble and stucco in honor of the dying Bielkenstierna dynasty

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