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I met a lovely lady this morning who told me a lot about the history of the church that stands in the middle of our village.

The part shown here is “The Old part” and it was built between 1120-1140 by a man who also participated in the construction of The Cathedral of Lund. His name Carl Stonemaster (in Swedish: Stenmästare) says a lot about him.

“The New part” came 1895-1896 because they needed more room. But the economy was poor so they kept the old part, luckily for us. It gives a certain solemnity to visit a place that old. They also raised the tower by twice the height.

Inside the altar is from 1632 and a real treasure. Remarkable renaissance sculpture from this part of the world. The pulpit and the font is from this time also.

It’s amazing what a morning walk may teach us.

Lotta

 

19 thoughts on “A village church

  1. The fact that it’s still standing says a lot about the importance of religion and God to a community. Knowing its history gives even more of an appreciation for its existence. It certainly is a beautiful building. Thank you for sharing, Lotta.

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  2. Thank you Lotta! What a treat! I’ve not been to Sweden yet but hope one day to do so. I have next to me some family genealogy (father’s) going back as far as 1830. There are a few locations but I haven’t a clue what it all means. I’ve tried searching online but they all seem to be remote. The family went to Canada in 1869 and later to America. We do know that several of the family members did return to Sweden but little more than that. It was such a treat to have this little window into the Country.

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      1. There are two places listed on these documents and I would love to find out more about them. My great-grandfather was born in Alfta, Halsingsland Parish Sweden. His mother was from a place called Vingsbo Ofvanaker, Sweden. The last name, Forslund but there are many other names. The family went to Canada around 1869 but some returned. My great-grandfather Peter Ruben went on to America. His sister Anna returned with her parents and she died there in 1899 at about the age of 40.
        I really don’t know where to begin as I would love to know all I can. However, any photos of Sweden are a true delight!

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        1. I have a letter written in Swedish that someone translated for the family years ago and there are also copies of pages from a journal when a distant relative crossed the plains of America in a covered wagon. I’ve been thinking of using those as the base for a short story.

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        2. If I could scan it, possibly. However, my scanner is not working and the budget is tight right now. I would be happy to email or post if I had an address? Then if you felt like it, you could see where it goes?
          It may seem strange because I didn’t know about any of my father’s family until late 2005. All these documents are like a huge brightly wrapped present!

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  3. Lotta I love churches because they are usually steeped in history, this one is beautiful. The modern churches don’t get me excited at all. I love cathedrals especially and went to every one possible when I lived in England.

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