The first church built in Hossmo was most likely a wooden one. Coffins found show that there was probably a church here already in the 11th century. The construction of that church has been linked to the royal court or a powerful local family. Hossmo is considered to have been the centre of a region in the late Iron Age or early Middle Ages. The church was probably built as a royal demesne or a church for a powerful leader.

However, in the conflict between Christianity and the old paganism, a wooden church was far too vulnerable, and was replaced by a stone church. This happened about 1120, and during the 13th century, the church was rebuilt with fortifications. Several written sources show that the church was used as garrison and flank defense for Kalmar during the Union conflicts in the early 16th century, Most of what we now see inside the church dates back to the 18th and 19th century. The belfry was completed in 1670.

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Founded: c. 1120
Category: Religious sites in Sweden
Historical period: Consolidation (Sweden)

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www2.kalmar.com

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Anders Gränsmark (8 months ago)
En av Sveriges äldsta kyrkor, en vacker rundkyrka från tidig medeltid. Rekommenderas ett besök.
Lars-Göran Hyltmark (18 months ago)
Sevärd kyrka, invigd på 1100-talet. Fortfarande i drift.
Anders Kraft (2 years ago)
Nice church of stone from the 12th century that was a defendable church in war times
Ann-Christine Svensson (2 years ago)
Hossmo kyrka
Walter Fasse (4 years ago)
Runensteine in der Kirche. Alte Kirche mit Holzschindeln.
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