Orkesta Church

Vallentuna, Sweden

Orkesta Church in Vallentuna was built in the late 12th century and the the eastern part of original nave remains. The sacristy and southern nave were added in the 15th century. The round window was added in 1750.

The crucifix was carved between 1325-1350. The rococo style pulpit was added during the restoration in 1753. The external wooden belfry was erected in the 17th century.

According a legend, King Gustav Vasa of Sweden was born in the church. The near Lindholmen farm was owned by Vasa family in the late Middle Ages.

Orkesta Runestones

The Orkesta Runestones are a set of 11th-century runestones engraved in Old Norse with the Younger Futhark alphabet that are located at the church of Orkesta.

Several of the stones were raised by, or in memory of, the Swedish Viking Ulf of Borresta, who during the 11th century returned home three times with danegeld. The leaders of the three expeditions were Skagul Toste (Tosti), Thorkell the Tall (Þorketill), and Canute the Great (Knútr). This Ulfr also made the Risbyle Runestones in the same region, and he was mentioned on the lost runestone U 343.


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Founded: 12th century
Category: Religious sites in Sweden
Historical period: Consolidation (Sweden)

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Mikael L (2 years ago)
Small church.
Eric A.L. Axner (3 years ago)
Simply wonderful.
Kenneth Falk (3 years ago)
Beautiful and somewhat hidden place. Will find myself looking for some forgotten Viking from the past.
Magnus Beronius (4 years ago)
Here we use morning coffee on our small hoisting ropes in beautiful Uppland - norrOm STHLM - on our further up to ex: ice Skärplinge ... #beronius_mc
Patrick Harryson (5 years ago)
A beautiful church
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