Hagby Church

Ljungbyholm, Sweden

Hagby Church is one of Sweden's few preserved round churches, and is considered by many to be the best preserved one in the country. The predecessor of Hagby stone church was the wooded Saint Sigfrid chapel, which was located about two kilometres south of the present church structure. The construction of this stone church began in the late 12th century. By 1541 it was abandoned.

The structure was meant to serve both as a sanctuary and a fortified building. As a result, the upper part of the walls has openings for shooting and spear throwing. The most recent renovation has attempted to emphasize the old nature of the building, so that it is now perhaps the best example of round church architecture, which otherwise is generally mostly found on the island of Bornholm. The triumph crucifix and font dates from the Middle Ages, but the interior is mainly from the 17th and 18th centuries.

  • Marianne Mehling et al. Knaurs Kulturführer in Farbe. Schweden. München 1987.


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Founded: 13th century
Category: Religious sites in Sweden
Historical period: Consolidation (Sweden)

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Birgitta Massimi (2 months ago)
Amazingly renovated, filled with history (personal too)
Marg F (3 months ago)
Beautiful from the inside with the red window and the glass art.. Great acoustics and old history. Viking age burial ground next to it. The church is on the eastern pilgrimage route of St. Sigfrid, his 11th century portable altar is said to be in this church. Sigfrid's Harbor is not far from here, in Kalboda, Hagby. The source of St. Sigfrid is then 30km further i Källebäcksmala (the pilgrimage route is very well signposted)
meatcrossbow (3 months ago)
Exciting church that is round!
Carl-Olof Almbladh (8 months ago)
Hagby church is perhaps the most attractive of Sweden's 8 round churches. It was renovated in 1965-68 when, unfortunately, pressure-impregnated wood was used in a. the floor, which eventually led to mold problems. During the most recent renovation and cleaning, the floor has been lowered and is now made of stone and old old chalk paintings have been brought out. The new interior is quite stripped down. Unfortunately, the previous organ was built in 1962 with 16 parts, i.a. sub bass 16 feet, removed and replaced by a very small organ with only a manual and few parts,
Борис Глущенко (11 months ago)
A wonderful old church, there is a comfortable toilet
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