My words, thoughts and photos from a Swedish perspective

Recykling is not a new invention

Being a car owner again has its advantages. I can take a trip whenever I want and explore things with the camera as I please. One of the buildings I wanted to take a closer look at was the church in Kårsta (about 40 km north of Stockholm). The oldest part is the sacristy, believed to be from the 13th century and belonging to a wooden church. The stone church we see today was built towards the end of the 15th century. A church porch, where arms could be kept while the owners attended the mass, was built around 1500.

Not much has changed since then, but the windows were enlarged towards the end of the 18th century and during the first half of the 19th century. The original windows were small and sat rather high up from the ground; the churches were often designed to serve a defence purpose as well and provide a safe haven for the parish’s inhabitants.

There are plenty of runestones in that part of Sweden, because Kårsta is not so far away from Långhundraleden – one of the vikings’ most important fairways. Because of the land elevation, it is just one size larger than a ditch today. This one tells us about Alrik, Hultrik and Ödin who rised the stone in memory of Helge.

The thing about that runestone is that it’s a part of the church (marked in red above). They thought it had served its purpose as a runestone and used it as construction material instead and is now seen about 5 metres above the ground.


2 responses

  1. Thank you for the interesting story and sharing the beautiful church and of course one of my favorites rune stones.

    26/05/2010 at 02:39

  2. Staffan H

    Thank you Lynn. I’m glad you liked it.

    28/05/2010 at 01:06

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