There are six chandeliers in Vaksala kyrka, all made from copper. The biggest one, visible on the picture, was bought in 1658.
A lierne, or stellar vault, is a type of rib vaulting, modification of cross rib vault. This one was popular especially in Gothic architecture.
Another example of lierne vault.
An example of cross rib vault in Vaksala kyrka. Another type of vault, extremely popular in Gothic architecture, modification of cross vault.
Another example of cross rib vault in Vaksala kyrka.
Paiting presents five wise virgins from the Parable of the Wise and Foolish Virgins (Mt 25,1-13). Ten virgins went off to meet the groom. All of them took lamps, but only five were wise and brough oil as well. At midnight the groom called the virigins. The foolish ones, who ran out of oil, asked the wise ones to share, but they refused. When the foolish virgines were away and getting more oil, the groom arrvied. Only the wise ones were present and prepared, therefore could accompany the groom to the celebration.
The parable bas a eschatological theme: be prepared for the Day of Judgement.
It was one of the most popular parables during medieval times, very visible in the Gothic art.
The painting can be found in the northern chapel on the western wall.
Coat of arms of the house of Rosenstielke, extinct in 1661. In Vaksala kyrka it stands for Carl Rosinger (1620-1661), who died childless and was the last male member of the house.