Övraby Church Ruins

Halmstad, Sweden

Övraby stone church was built around the year 1100 to the site of older church. There was also a Dominican monastery nearby in or around 1260. Halmstad moved in the 1320s to its present location and the old settlement came to be known as Övraby. The Swedish army’s ravages in the 1560s during the Northern Seven Years' War meant the end of “the upper village”. The church was burned to the ground and the site abandoned. The ruins were excavated by archaeologists in the 1930s.


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Founded: c. 1100
Category: Religious sites in Sweden
Historical period: Consolidation (Sweden)

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Fredrik Holmqvist (3 years ago)
Övraby church ruin is the remains of the church that is said to be the starting point for the creation of Halmstad. Nice place for a picnic accompanied by a piece of local history.
Niclas Lindell (4 years ago)
Half to piece area with a lot of dumped cars off the ruin. The ruin itself was beautiful.
Stefan J Nilsson (4 years ago)
Interesting place with thoughtful history.
Viktor Sarge (4 years ago)
Excellent excursion destination for families. It is an interesting historical site and there is lawn all around for less with running in the legs. For those who want a little more tangible to see where Halmstad was founded, it's great. Less nice sides are that it is quite rough all around and that the signage on site is a bit worn.
Faith TV (5 years ago)
Otroligt vacker plats. Där Halmstad en gång låg
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