Top Historic Sights in Norrtälje, Sweden

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Norrtälje Church

In 1719, during the Great Northern War, large parts of the central town were burnt down by a Russian army. The new stone church wasn"t finished until 1726. The tower was erected in 1752.
Founded: 1726 | Location: Norrtälje, Sweden

Länna Church

Länna Church was built around the year 1300, but the baptismal font is from the earlier church. The crucifix dates from the 14th century. The Baroque style interior interior was mainly donated by near Penningby estate owner in the 17th century.
Founded: c. 1300 | Location: Norrtälje, Sweden

Singö Church

The wooden church of Singö was built in 1753, but fitments date mainly from Middle Ages. The altar was made around 1490, the pulpit in the 16th century and the votive ship in 1752.
Founded: 1753 | Location: Norrtälje, Sweden

Ekebyholm Castle

Ekebyholm is a castle-like mansion and a former manor located by Lake Syningen in Rimbo parish in Norrtälje Municipality in Stockholm county, Sweden. In 1932, the Adventist school purchased Ekebyholm. Presently Ekebyholmsskolan is located on site. Ekebyholm in Rimbo (currently a part of Norrtälje) was attached with the estate of Mörby, owned by the Pomeranian-originated family of Slaveka. Bengt Gabrielson (Oxenstierna ...
Founded: 18th century | Location: Norrtälje, Sweden

Skederid Church

The oldest parts of Skederid Church date from the end of the 13th century, and was built by lawspeaker Birger Persson, a man closely connected to King Birger of Sweden and the father of Saint Bridget of Sweden. The area surrounding the church is rich in cultural heritage, having been the site of continuous population since at least the Bronze Age. A runestone is immured in the church. The church was originally built as a ...
Founded: 13th century | Location: Norrtälje, Sweden

Penningby Castle

Penningby Castle is one of the most well-preserved castles from the early Vasa era. Penningby Manor is first mentioned in the 1330s. To the northeast is an overgrown ruin castle with a moat, which may be the remains of a predecessor to the castle. Its earliest owners included Lord Tord Bonde, burgrave of Raasepori and margrave of Viipuri castles. In late 15th century, a fortress was built by its owners, initiated by Lady ...
Founded: 15th century | Location: Norrtälje, Sweden

Edsbro Church

The oldest part of the Edsbro Church is the nave, which was built in fieldstone during the 13th century. The sacristy was added during the 14th century and the choir was enlarged, with added details in Brick Gothic style, during the 15th century. Unusually, the church has preserved its northern wall without windows. Most medieval churches in the area originally lacked windows in their northern façade, but normally window ...
Founded: 13th century | Location: Norrtälje, Sweden

Karl Church Ruins

Karl Church was built in the late 1200s and enlarged later. The tower collapsed at some point during 16th or 17th centuries and the church was abandoned in 1796. Today only remains of stone walls exist.
Founded: 13th century | Location: Norrtälje, Sweden

Häverö Church

Häverö Church was built around the year 1300. The mural paintings in vaults date from 1470. The belfry, built in the style of Norwegian Stave churches, date from the 16th century and is one the oldest in Sweden. The magnificent altar was made in Antwerpen in the early 16th century.
Founded: ca. 1300 | Location: Norrtälje, Sweden

Riala Church

Riala Church was documented first time in 1228 and the current nave was built in the late 13th century. It was altered in the late 15th century and again in the 18th century. The free-standing bell tower was erected in the 16th century. The font is made of Gotland sandstone in the 13th century and crucifix carved during next century. The altar dates from the 18th century.
Founded: 13th century | Location: Norrtälje, Sweden

Roslags-Bro Church

Roslags-Bro church was built of granite in the 13th century. It was built by an important sea-route, since disappeared as a consequence of the post-glacial rebound. Immured in the church is a runestone from the 11th century. The tower was added in the 1400s and restored in 1700s. The church is famous due its fine sculptures. The wooden sculpture of Eric IX of Sweden, made in France in 1200s, has been model to Stockholm c ...
Founded: 13th century | Location: Norrtälje, Sweden

Vätö Church

Vätö Church is mentioned in written sources for the first time in 1337 and was built earlier in the same century. The vaults supporting the ceiling were constructed in the 15th century. They are profusely decorated with frescos in a style reminiscent of Albertus Pictor and probably dates from the last quarter of the 15th century. The church porch was also built at around the same time. Among the church furnishings, the ...
Founded: 14th century | Location: Norrtälje, Sweden

Ununge Church

Ununge Church was probably built at the end of the 13th century, but has been rebuilt and expanded on several occasions. The easternmost part of the church has been dated to the end of the 14th or to the 15th century. In its layout, the church is a typical example of medieval churches from Uppland. It consists of a rectangular, single-nave church hall consisting of three bays of which the easternmost is the choir. There ...
Founded: 13th century | Location: Norrtälje, Sweden

Rö Church

The oldest parts of Rö church dates from the late 1200s. Somethimes around 1475 brick arches were added to the roof. The church was badly damaged by fire in late 1500s or early 1600s. The most interesting detail is a Madonna sculpture made probably in England around the year 1200. The font originates also from the same ages and other sculptures and cruficix from 1400s.
Founded: 13th century | Location: Norrtälje, Sweden

Malsta Church

Malsta church is one of the smallest in Uppland and was built in the end of 13th century. The vestry is probably the oldest part. Baptism font is made in sandstone from 13th century and the large bell is from 14th century. Most part of the decor was given by the lord and govenor Brehner in 17th century.
Founded: 13th century | Location: Norrtälje, Sweden

Väddö Church

Väddö Church was built in 1870 to replace the previous medieval church. It is one of the largest in the area. The interior date mainly from the earlier churches. The font was made of Gotland’s limestone in the around 1300. Two cruficixes date also from the Middle Ages and there are some medieval carvings in walls.
Founded: 1870 | Location: Norrtälje, Sweden

Frötuna Church

Frötuna Church was built of grey stone in the 12th century. It was extended to east between 1250–1275. The tomb dates from the mid-1600s. There are several medieval aftefacts in Frötuna church, including a triump crucifix (1275), font (1200s) and sculpture of St. Olaf (early 1300s). The pulpit was made in 1640s and the altar dates from 1773.
Founded: 12th century | Location: Norrtälje, Sweden

Estuna Church

Estuna Church dates from the early 13th century or possibly the late 12th century. The structure of the building indicates that a tower was initially planned for the eastern end of the church but never built. It may have been intended as a defensive tower which became redundant as times became more peaceful as the Middle Ages progressed in Sweden. The church has been rebuilt and expanded several times. During a renovatio ...
Founded: 13th century | Location: Norrtälje, Sweden

Mörby Castle Ruins

Mörby was first mentioned 1387 as built by the knight Henrik Damerow. Since 1452 it was owned by Oxenstierna family over 250 years. 1550 the castle was rebuilt after a fire. In 1733 it was left as a decay and the roof was ripped off and moved to Ekeby Castle. Finally Mörby was destroyed by fire in 1740. Today still impressive ruins remain including a tower body.
Founded: 1387 | Location: Norrtälje, Sweden

Edebo Church

The present stone church was built during the second half of 1400s, but the vestry may date from the 1200s. The church is decorated with well-preserved frescoes made by so-called "Edebo master". Paintings depict events from the Old and New Testament. The porch was built in 1514. A bell tower stands on the other side of the highway northwest of the church. The large bell was cast in 1625.
Founded: 15th century | Location: Norrtälje, Sweden

Lohärad Church

Lohärad Church was built at the beginning of the 13th century. A sacristy was added at the end of the same century, and achurch porch and the internal vaults date from the 15th century. The church originally had a tower but it collapsed in the 1670s, destroying the church porch. A new church porch was built at a later date. The belfry was built in 1838, replacing an earlier belfry from the 17th century. In 1929, fragmen ...
Founded: 13th century | Location: Norrtälje, Sweden

Gottröra Church

Gottröra Church is a church in the village of Gottröra in Norrtälje Municipality. The church was originally raised in the 12th century, and has been rebuilt several times. The sacristy was built in the late 14th century. The original tower was destroyed by fire in 1893.
Founded: 12th century | Location: Norrtälje, Sweden

Närtuna Church

The oldest parts of Närtuna Church are the sacristy and lower part of tower, which date from the late 12th century and belonged to the earlier wooden church. The current nave was built around 1300 and the church was enlarged during the 15th century. The pulpit and altarpiece date from the late 18th century.
Founded: 12th century | Location: Norrtälje, Sweden

Söderby-Karl Church

Söderby-Karl Church was built around 1300 or soon later. The porch was added later in the 1300s and brick arches in the mid-1400s. The external bell tower was erected probably in 1664. The main restoration was done in 1790. The interior is decorated with beautiful murals from the late Middle Ages which have never been overpainted. The sandstone font dates from 1200s.
Founded: c. 1300 | Location: Norrtälje, Sweden

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Monte d'Accoddi

Monte d"Accoddi is a Neolithic archaeological site in northern Sardinia, located in the territory of Sassari. The site consists of a massive raised stone platform thought to have been an altar. It was constructed by the Ozieri culture or earlier, with the oldest parts dated to around 4,000–3,650 BC.

The site was discovered in 1954 in a field owned by the Segni family. No chambers or entrances to the mound have been found, leading to the presumption it was an altar, a temple or a step pyramid. It may have also served an observational function, as its square plan is coordinated with the cardinal points of the compass.

The initial Ozieri structure was abandoned or destroyed around 3000 BC, with traces of fire found in the archeological evidence. Around 2800 BC the remains of the original structure were completely covered with a layered mixture of earth and stone, and large blocks of limestone were then applied to establish a second platform, truncated by a step pyramid (36 m × 29 m, about 10 m in height), accessible by means of a second ramp, 42 m long, built over the older one. This second temple resembles contemporary Mesopotamian ziggurats, and is attributed to the Abealzu-Filigosa culture.

Archeological excavations from the chalcolithic Abealzu-Filigosa layers indicate the Monte d"Accoddi was used for animal sacrifice, with the remains of sheep, cattle, and swine recovered in near equal proportions. It is among the earliest known sacrificial sites in Western Europe.

The site appears to have been abandoned again around 1800 BC, at the onset of the Nuragic age.

The monument was partially reconstructed during the 1980s. It is open to the public and accessible by the old route of SS131 highway, near the hamlet of Ottava. It is 14,9 km from Sassari and 45 km from Alghero. There is no public transportation to the site. The opening times vary throughout the year.