Torsåker is a small settlement, and the location of the parish church, in the historical province of Södermanland. It is along the shores of Lake Rudsjön and there are forests and farmlands around it. The land of the former parish is today within Gnesta Municipality in Södermanland County in eastern Sweden.
A Short History of Torsåker
Torsåker Parish has its origins in the Middle Ages and its church dates back to either the 12th or 13th century. The parish was in operation until the Swedish Municipal Reform of 1862. This was when its responsibilities were split between the local government of Torsåker Municipality and the church congregation. The municipality has since seen several changes. It was incorporated into Tystberga Municipality in 1952, which in turn became a part of Nyköping Municipality in 1971. Gnesta Municipality was split from Nyköping in 1992 and the new municipality included the former Torsåker Parish. In regards to the church congregation. It is since 1992 a part of Frustuna Congregation.
Things to Do and See
Watching out over the countryside of Södermanland is a small yellow church tower. This church is the most prominent building in the nearby area and it is probably the main attraction for many that find their way along these countryside roads.
The parish church is believed to have been completed in the 12th century or maybe in the early years of the 13th century. The current shape of the tower is probably the result of a reconstruction after a fire in 1779. In regards to the church inventory, there are some interesting things. A few of the church benches date back to 1615. This makes them the oldest still preserved church benches in the province of Södermanland. Torsåker Church is today a part of Frustuna Congregation within the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Sweden.
How to Get to Torsåker
- Flights: The closest airport is Stockholm Skavsta Airport (NYO) which is 38 kilometers to the southwest.
- Car: Torsåker is on Road 224 between Gnesta and Lästringe.
- Train: The nearest train stations are in Gnesta and Vagnhärad.
The driving distance from 5 major Swedish cities, according to Google Maps:
- Stockholm – 81 kilometers (56 min)
- Gothenburg – 401 kilometers (4 h 33 min)
- Malmö – 545 kilometers (6 h 6 min)
- Linköping – 134 kilometers (1 h 27 min)
- Kiruna – 1312 kilometers (15 h 14 min)