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 windows were opened during the subsequent centuries. Northwest of the church stands the bell tower which was erected in the middle of the 17th century. The interior is decorated with frescos added in the 17th century. They were paid for by the Lilliesparre family, owner of nearby Kragsta Manor. Among the church fittings is the 13th century baptismal font of sandstone with a base of limestone.
A major internal restoration was carried out in 1904 under the direction of the architect Bror E. Almquist (1864-1940). Subsequent restoration was carried out in 1951-1952 under the direction of conservator Sven Dalén. In 1970, the interior paintings were cleaned under the direction of conservator Bengt Grandin.References:
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.