Adelsö Church

Ekerö, Sweden

The stone church of Adelsö was built in the late 1100s. No traces have been found of the first church on the location, but it is assumed it was made of wood. This original structure was however replaced by a stone building, possibly initiated by the king living at the royal estate at Hovgården. If true, the church thus originally served both the local parish and the royal mansion.

The stone structure originally had a nave furnished with a narrow choir which possibly ended in an apse. The sacristy was added in the 14th century, and during the century that followed the tower and then the brick vaults were added. In the 1470s, the choir was widened and united with the nave. The exterior of the tower was created in 1753. and finally, 70 years later, the entrance was relocated from the southern façade to the western end; old windows were enlarged and new windows were added.

There is a baptismal font which dates from the 12th century and a crucifix from the later half of the 14th century. The pulpit dates from 1786 and the gallery from 1832. The votive ship hanging in the church was donated in 1960.

Two Viking Age memorial runestones are built into the walls of the sacristy, one designated in the Rundata catalog as Uppland Runic Inscription 1or U 1 and the other as Uppland Runic Inscription 10 or U 10. Additionally, the so called Hovgården Runestone, U 11, is located just north of the church, near the ruins of the medieval brick palace Alsnö hus.

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Founded: 12th century
Category: Religious sites in Sweden
Historical period: Consolidation (Sweden)

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Jonathan Lindkvist (3 years ago)
Nice old church. The area around it is beautiful.
Gunnar Hillgren (3 years ago)
What a lovely but windy place that has an imprint in Swedish history. With everything from graves to foundations from houses. And the proximity to birch. It is difficult to imagine the old water line that was about 6-7 meters higher than today. Adelsö Church is a lovely small building but with impressions from different eras in the building. the building does not sink in its own center line. Due to different ages it is beautiful. Long journey there. But if there is interest, it is worth the ferry the last bit towards Adelsö. Signs need an upgrade ... ?
Jovan Velickovic (3 years ago)
Clean space!
FPV_noob (4 years ago)
Really nice church
Aleksas Aleksas (4 years ago)
A kind of old church
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