Täby Church

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Täby Church
Täby kyrka
Taby view1.jpg
External view of the church
Location Täby kyrkby
Country Sweden
Denomination Church of Sweden
Parish Täby
Diocese Stockholm

Täby Church (Swedish: Täby kyrka) is a medieval church in Täby Municipality, in the province of Uppland north of Stockholm. The church is best known for its painted walls and ceilings by Albertus Pictor.[1]


Man playing chess with death

The church was built during the second half of the 13th century. It was first constructed as a square hall church. In the mid-14th century a vestry was added and about 100 years later the church porch was built. During the second half of the 15th century, the flat wooden ceiling was replaced by a vaulted ceiling. The altarpiece dates from the 1470s.[2] A runestone is immured in the church porch.[3]


The church is best known as one of the churches with mural paintings by Albertus Pictor (died 1511). The ceiling frescos are from the 1480s and, unlike many of his other works, were never whitewashed over. They include a picture of a man playing chess with Death, a motif that inspired Ingmar Bergman to a famous scene in the movie The Seventh Seal. The motif is very unusual, known only from one other source.[3]

The main inspiration for the paintings was Biblia Pauperum, a collection of events from the Holy Bible. The church, together with the frescos, was comprehensively restored in 1994.[2]


The altarpiece from the 1470s depicts the Golgotha scene and is flanked by a sculpture of St. Olof. The pulpit is from the 1630s and was originally placed in the chapel of the former Castle of Stockholm.[2]



  1. ^ "Täby kyrka" Archived 2011-07-27 at the Wayback Machine., FormOnLine. (in Swedish) Retrieved 30 August 2013.
  2. ^ a b c "Täby kyrka", Svenska kyrkan. (in Swedish) Retrieved 30 August 2013.
  3. ^ a b Qviström, Linda; Anund, Johan (2012). Det Medeltida Uppland. En arkeologisk guidebok (in Swedish). Lund: Historiska Media. p. 215. ISBN 978-91-85873-74-6. 

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Coordinates: 59°29′27″N 18°03′24″E / 59.4907416667°N 18.0567055556°E / 59.4907416667; 18.0567055556