The oldest part of Forshem Church is the nave from the middle of the 12th century. The present vaults are late medieval. The chancel is not original and was built in the 13th century. The most thorough changes were made in the 1760´s when the church was transformed into a cruciform church. It was restored in 1939 when the 17th century paintings were uncovered from underneath the whitewash of the walls.

The interior contains some very old stone reliefs. There are also lily stones unique for this part of Sweden. They symbol the tree of life, the resurrection of Christ and eternal life, depicting steps at the bottom, a stem and branches in blossom.

Also visit the Forshem Stone Museum on the opposite side of the road, exhibiting 20 fragments of lily stones and grave stones, including an Irish 12th century cross.

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Founded: c. 1150
Category: Religious sites in Sweden
Historical period: Consolidation (Sweden)

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www.svenskakyrkan.se

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Thore Johansson (2 years ago)
En fantastiskt vacker stenkyrka både inuti och utanför
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Mycket vacker stenkyrka.
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Mannen till höger på stenreliefen ovanför en av dörrarna.
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