The Church at Stora Tuna – Borlänge, Sweden

Dala Church 1This church is a few miles from where we live. Completed in 1469, it was the religious and political center of Darläna at that time. It is a three hall, Gothic style design.


Stora CrucifixThe crucifix was created by an unknown Swedish woodcarver in the early 16 century. It comprises both medieval and Renaissance features.

Altar piece:

Stora Tuna Painting
Artwork is a copy of 1659 painting by David Klöcker Ehrensstrahl. It is of the baroque style. Frame is carved and gilded wood.


Dala Church 3
Made in Stockholm and transported by sled to Stora Tuna. Wood is painted to look like marble. Installed 1757.


Dala Church 5
Installed 1969. Has 3 manuals an 43 stops. Note Spanish trumpets, Hard to see unless you enlarge. They are at the bottom of the top center pipes.



About Bruce Louis Dodson

Bruce Louis Dodson is an American expat now living in Borlänge, Sweden with his wife, cat and dog. He is an artist and world traveler who writes fiction and poetry and practices photography in his less than copious free time. His work has appeared in: Barely South Review - Boundaries Issue, Blue Collar Review, Pulsar Poetry (UK), Foliate Oak, Breadline Press West Coast Anthology . The E-buffet, Qarrtsiluni, Struggle Magazine, Pearl Literary Magazine, Contemporary Literature Review: India, 3rd Wednesday, Sleeping Cat Books - Trip of a Lifetime Anthology, Northern Liberties Review, Authors Abroad - Foreign & and Far Away Anthology, The Path, Page & Spine, The Crucible, Sleeping Cat Books -Trips of a Lifetime, Vine Leaves, Pirene's Fountain,Tic Toc Anthology - Kind of a Hurricane Press, Cordite Poetry Review, Buffalo Almanac and mgv2.
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6 Responses to The Church at Stora Tuna – Borlänge, Sweden

  1. LadyBlueRose's Thoughts Into Words says:

    if walls could speak, what a tale they could tell…
    stunning photos….!
    Take Care..

  2. Thanks for the story and the lovely photos. Are services still held here?

    • bldodson says:

      Funny you should ask. I was just thinking of doing that Sunday after, this if such exists. Christianity is not my bag, but I’m okay with it. The Buddhists are so austere, the Hindus are more into it, but there’s almost never a place to sit down. I would would like to share the experience of this place, the richness of event. (I’m starting to think it’s not every Sunday) What does the preacher have to wear to be worthy of that pulpit? Surely fine robes . . . and the organ. Wouldn’t matter if I didn’t understand a word of what was said. I never paid that much attention anyway in church. After a while you get the drift. We’ll see.

  3. I would love to hear the organ with all the pipes open…surely would be a magical sound.

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