Above: A collage of photos of the oldest church in town, from 1669. In fact I think it is the oldest building in town, because in previous centuries, there were several fires. The church too has gone through some renovations. The present tower is from the mid 19th century.
There was another church in the same spot way back in medieval times. I think I recall from a guided tour years ago, they had found graves in the crypt under the church dating back to the 12th century.
A second, bigger church was built in 1906, as the town was growing and the old church got too small. These photos were taken in mid April 2007. Spring was earlier that year... This year neither the trees nor the daffodils are in bloom yet.
An old wooden church from the 17th century in our Museum Park. I’ve shown this photo before (and other pictures of it as well). The church was moved from its original location (in a village in the area) to the open air museum in the early 1900s; as were a number of other old buildings that were considered worth preserving for the future. The church is still in use for weddings and christenings and other special occasions, but not for regular Sunday services. It has a separate wooden bell tower:
This is the church in the village where my father grew up. He and my mother also went back to live there after retirement. My mother is buried in the cemetery there, and so are my paternal grandparents, and several other ancestors.
The churches above are all Church of Sweden (Lutheran church), which was a state church for more than 400 years, from the Reformation until 2000, when church and state were separated.
There are several other churches in my town as well. I don’t have pictures of the buildings, though. Maybe a project for the future? The ‘free’ churches in central town may be ‘free’ in spirit; as for location they are crammed in among other buildings along busy streets with lots of traffic. Not really easy to get good photo views… And as for the churches in the ‘suburb’ parts of town, they are a bit out of my way.
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