The beautiful wooden Houtskär Church was designed by Erik Nilsson and built between 1703-1704. The bell tower dates back to 1753 and the altarpiece was made in 1887 by the famous painter, Victor Westerholm who has roots in Nauvo. The altarpiece is named Jesus in Getsemane and legend has it that the angel has Westerholm’s wife’s face.


Symbols and reminders of archipelago culture are used as interiors in the church. There are also a number of medieval wooden sculptures. The church also boasts a separate three-bell tower. The nearby vicarage, built in 1874, and the old cottage are National Built Heritage properties by National Board of Antiques.