Saint John the Baptist's Church, Landskrona

As a building Johannes Babtistæ Kirke ( John the Baptist's Church) is a former church in Landskrona, Scania, Sweden. Today it only offers outdoor services, but between around 1430 and 1753[1] it was the second largest church in Scania. The Church was demolished on orders of the Swedish military commendant in the town. This was due to a fear that a potential enemy could put a cannon at the top of the church tower, and then open fire on the nearby fortress Landskrona Citadel.

The outdoor altar

In 1933 the foundations of the church were revealed and a large Christian cross of wood was put at the location of the old altar. It has since been used for outdoor services during the summer. The former church building was located in stadsparken, "the Town Park" and is locally known as Gamla kyrkans grund, "Fundament of the Old Church". Towards the end of the 18th century, the new Sofia Albertina Church was opened instead.[2]


  1. ^ Swedish encyklopedia "Lilla Uppslagsboken" 1950's, vol. 6 of 10, article "Landskrona",column 227, in Swedish "1753 började den stora St Johanneskyrkan rivas",In English this means "In 1753, the large St John the Baptist's Church began to be demolished"
  2. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2014-09-11. Retrieved 2014-06-16.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)

Coordinates: 55°52′20″N 12°49′54″E / 55.8722°N 12.8317°E / 55.8722; 12.8317