Top Historic Sights in Åtvidaberg, Sweden

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Åtvidaberg Old Church

Åtvids old church was built around 1500 and was one of Östergötland County’s largest at the time. In the late 1800s, Åtvidaberg was in need of a larger church. The old church fell into ruins and served as an open-air church for about 70 years. In the 1950s, Elof Ericsson, the director at the time, donated a large sum of money so the church could be rebuilt. The rededication took place in 1957. ...
Founded: ca. 1500 | Location: Åtvidaberg, Sweden

Björsäter Church

Björsäter church was built with the help of its parishioners in 1800. The old stave church was thought to be in bad shape and was to be torn down. The baptismal font from the late 1200s is the church’s oldest object. The pulpit is placed over the altar, which is a unique placement found in only a few churches.
Founded: 1800 | Location: Åtvidaberg, Sweden

Gärdserum Church

The neo-Gothic Gärdserum church, designed by F. W. Scholander, was one of the first of its kind in Sweden. After its completion in 1857, it was formally dedicated on 16 August by Dean J. Laruensius. The church houses some fixtures from Åtvids old church. Among them is the chancel crucifix from the 1300s.
Founded: 1851-1857 | Location: Åtvidaberg, Sweden

Rödsten

Rödsten (The Red Stone) is one of the most significant ancient monuments in Sweden. The fallos-style setting contains three stones painted with red, white and black. Rödsten dates probably from the 6th century and it has probably been erected to protect surrounding farms from the fire and depletion. The first record of Rödsten date from 1360. According the legend the stone have to be painted every year an ...
Founded: 6th century | Location: Åtvidaberg, Sweden

Yxnerum Church

Yxnerums church was built in 1802 according to the fashion of the time as a large, white barn-like building with room for half of the parish’s population. There is room for 300 persons, of which 70 in the loft. The bell tower was built much later, with the bells being mounted in 1928.
Founded: 1802-1807 | Location: Åtvidaberg, Sweden

Adelsnäs Manor

Adelsnäs (formerly known as Näs) manor was named after Johan Adelswärd, who acquired the local copper mine in 1781. The present manor building was built Theodor Adelswärd in 1916-1920. English garden and parks around the Bysjön lake are popular when open to the public. The unique detail is a “Sun Cannon”, which is installed in a red brick tower from 1853. It is a 6-pound cannon from t ...
Founded: 1916-1920 | Location: Åtvidaberg, Sweden

Hannäs Church

Bishop C. A. Cornelius dedicated Hannäs church on the fourth Sunday in Advent in 1885. It is a traditional English Gothic church with exposed rafters and trisected plank roof. Upon entering the temple, one is surprised by the bright, spacious interior. There was no altarpiece until four years after the dedication. The triumph crucifix, few wooden sculptures and font date from the Middle Ages.
Founded: 1885 | Location: Åtvidaberg, Sweden

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Kalozha Church

The Kalozha church of Saints Boris and Gleb is the oldest extant structure in Hrodna. It is the only surviving monument of ancient Black Ruthenian architecture, distinguished from other Orthodox churches by prolific use of polychrome faceted stones of blue, green or red tint which could be arranged to form crosses or other figures on the wall.

The church is a cross-domed building supported by six circular pillars. The outside is articulated with projecting pilasters, which have rounded corners, as does the building itself. The ante-nave contains the choir loft, accessed by a narrow gradatory in the western wall. Two other stairs were discovered in the walls of the side apses; their purpose is not clear. The floor is lined with ceramic tiles forming decorative patterns. The interior was lined with innumerable built-in pitchers, which usually serve in Eastern Orthodox churches as resonators but in this case were scored to produce decorative effects. For this reason, the central nave has never been painted.

The church was built before 1183 and survived intact, depicted in the 1840s by Michał Kulesza, until 1853, when the south wall collapsed, due to its perilous location on the high bank of the Neman. During restoration works, some fragments of 12th-century frescoes were discovered in the apses. Remains of four other churches in the same style, decorated with pitchers and coloured stones instead of frescoes, were discovered in Hrodna and Vaŭkavysk. They all date back to the turn of the 13th century, as do remains of the first stone palace in the Old Hrodna Castle.

In 2004, the church was included in the Tentative List of UNESCO"s World Heritage Sites.