The church of Gräsmark was built in 1738 and it replaced an earlier wooden church from 1661. It has a beautiful painted ceiling (Erik Jonaues) and Late Baroque style interior. The pulpit and altar were made by Isak Schullström in 1753.References:
I made the comment 4 years ago about my relatives being buried in He church cemetery. My email has changed and since then, I found a dry kind lady wo grew up in Grasmark. I am deeply thankful to Alina Johanzson who made a trip to the cemetery, took a picture of the headstone and placed flowers on the grave! My Great Grandmother Kajsa Jansdotter married my grandfather Karl Hjalmar Olson. I learned my Grear Great Grandmother. Paulina Fogelin Olson was a licensed midwife. I live in America and it meant so much to me that Aina Johanzson showed such kindness to me!
My Grandmother grew up in Grasmark and attended this church. Her mother & grandmother are buried in the church cemetery. I have tried to find out how I can have flowers placed on their graves. I also would love a picture of their grave. My great, great, great grandmother was the first licensed midwife there.
Derbent is the southernmost city in Russia, occupying the narrow gateway between the Caspian Sea and the Caucasus Mountains connecting the Eurasian steppes to the north and the Iranian Plateau to the south. Derbent claims to be the oldest city in Russia with historical documentation dating to the 8th century BCE. Due to its strategic location, over the course of history, the city changed ownership many times, particularly among the Persian, Arab, Mongol, Timurid, Shirvan and Iranian kingdoms.
Derbent has archaeological structures over 5,000 years old. As a result of this geographic peculiarity, the city developed between two walls, stretching from the mountains to the sea. These fortifications were continuously employed for a millennium and a half, longer than any other extant fortress in the world.
A traditionally and historically Iranian city, the first intensive settlement in the Derbent area dates from the 8th century BC. The site was intermittently controlled by the Persian monarchs, starting from the 6th century BC. Until the 4th century AD, it was part of Caucasian Albania which was a satrap of the Achaemenid Persian Empire. In the 5th century Derbent functioned as a border fortress and the seat of Sassanid Persians. Because of its strategic position on the northern branch of the Silk Route, the fortress was contested by the Khazars in the course of the Khazar-Arab Wars. In 654, Derbent was captured by the Arabs.
The Sassanid fortress does not exist any more, as the famous Derbent fortress as it stands today was built from the 12th century onward. Derbent became a strong military outpost and harbour of the Sassanid empire. During the 5th and 6th centuries, Derbent also became an important center for spreading the Christian faith in the Caucasus.
The site continued to be of great strategic importance until the 19th century. Today the fortifications consist of two parallel defence walls and Naryn-Kala Citadel. The walls are 3.6km long, stretching from the sea up to the mountains. They were built from stone and had 73 defence towers. 9 out of the 14 original gates remain.
In Naryn-Kala Citadel most of the old buildings, including a palace and a church, are now in ruins. It also holds baths and one of the oldest mosques in the former USSR.
In 2003, UNESCO included the old part of Derbent with traditional buildings in the World Heritage List.