Stiftsgården in Skellefteå opened its doors to the public almost five years ago. The spa facility is a reminder of vicar Brandell’s third wife, Miss Huss, who procured the city’s first bathtub. Aside from that, the story actually begins with the vicar, Johannes of Skellopt in 1374, a contemporary of Saint Bridget of Sweden and Dante’s Divine Comedy.
You could say that this is where Skellefteå began. At Stiftsgården, next door to Sweden’s oldest country church, the country’s oldest wooden bridge, and the Bonnstan district. The picturesque church town that has been around since the 17th century.
– Yes, explains Kalina “the whole area is, in a way, Skellefteå’s cradle.
Kalina is the Managing Director of Stiftsgården and a proud carrier of its history. We have coffee in the restaurant, in what used to be a vicarage well into the 20th century. For the last 50 years, various kinds of courses and conferences have been held here.
– This place is so incredibly rich in history. It’s not always easy to know where to begin, Kalina says with a smile.