Ekerö Church

Ekerö, Sweden

The Romanescue-style church of Ekerö date from the late 12th century. It was enlarged in the 1300s and the tower was erected in the 15th century. The overpainted mural paintings were found in the restoration made in 1933. the altarpiece date from the 17th century. The oldest artefact in the church is a font dating from the 12th century.

The interesting detail is a runic script in the tombstone under the pulpit. The script written in Latin says “Ingeborg Ermundsdotter rests here”.

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

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

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Gittan Lind (4 months ago)
Very beautiful and atmospheric church located in beautiful nature. Well maintained cemetery. Nice to light candles for my deceased.
Eva Ekenberg (6 months ago)
Beautiful archipelago church with lush cemeteries
Bengt Ekenberg (6 months ago)
Beautiful church, nice atmosphere, visit!
Niclas Olverling (8 months ago)
Incredibly beautiful cemetery! Note that you put a lot of powder on keeping it flourishing and fine. Located so beautifully on Ekerö, definitely worth a stop!
Svea och Rickard (3 years ago)
En vacker kyrka i en fantastisk miljö
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