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Tjurkö parish

The congregation was formed on May 1, 1888, by an outbreak of the Augerum congregation. It was part of Torhamn's pastorate until 1 May 1923, after which it and Sturkö parish formed its own pastorate. In 1962, the parish was included in the Karlskrona City Assembly pastorate and was included in this parish on January 1, 1964. On January 1, 1989, the area corresponding to the Tjurkö parish was broken out and transferred to the Sturkö parish and Ramdala-Sturkö pastorate.

Church History


As of October 2011, the church is closed for renovation, unclear when it can be reopened.


From 1 January 2002 Tjurkö together with Sturkö and Ramdala parishes belongs to the larger Jämjö pastorate, this pastorate surrounds the eastern part of Karlskrona municipality.


On 1/1/89 Tjurkö was transferred to Ramdala-Sturkö pastorate.


As a result of the 1962 pastorate regulation, Sturkö moved to Ramdala pastorate while Tjurkö came to belong to the City Assembly in Karlskrona


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The newly erected church was inaugurated in 1930 by Bishop Edvin Rodhe.


From 1923 Tjurkö and Sturkö formed their own pastorate with the church pastor located at Sturkö.


In the late 1920s, the congregation was offered to take over the church if it was moved to another location. The church council accepted this offer, and the church was carefully lowered down and rebuilt in its present location. Then the church wall was built and the church got a simple tower with its own church bell.


When the Crown Workers disappeared from the island in 1894, the firm Wolff and the successor A.K. Fernström had no use of the church, so it was rented to the bull queens.


Tjurkö belonged to Augerum's pastorate until 1888 when Tjurkö was transferred to Torhamn's pastorate. In 1888, Tjurkö's own burial ground was opened at Maren on the southern part of the island. Previously, the bull queens had been buried at Augerum's church which church they belonged to. The altarpiece is made by the prisoner Abel Andersson in 1888 with Christ motif from Matt 11:28 in the original by the well-known Danish artist Karl Bloch.


When Halleryd's church outside Karlshamn was to be renovated, the pulpit was taken over by Consul Wolf to the "prison church" on Tjurkö in 1878. The pulpit with the four evangelists sculpted in wood was manufactured by Lauritz Nilsson in 1664.


Tjurkö church, located in the middle of the island, was originally erected as a church for the Kronoarbetskår by men from the same year 1876. It was placed in the center of the stonework on Herrgården. The island's people also had access to the services.


Before the arrival of the church of Tjurkö, in the 1870s, a church hall was arranged in the casemate building at Kungsholm's fort, which was equipped with an altar, pulpit and benches. There were plastic for 400 people, of which 60 were standing. The islanders at Tjurkö had access to this.