Färentuna Church was built around the year 1175. The nave was enlarged in the 15th century when the church was under the protection of Karl Knutsson Bonde. The enlargement was made for his daughter’s weddings because the church was too small for all people. The latest notable reconstruction was made in 1732, when the medieval tower was replaced by the present wooden cap.
The pulpit of Färentuna church was made in 1701 as the monument of Carl XII’s victory in Narva battle. The oldest sculpture is a wooden Madonna carved in the 13th century. The runestone fragments U 20 and U 21, made in the 11th century, can be seen in the church wall to the left of the front gate. Together with the Hillersjö stone and the Snottsta and Vreta stones Färentuna runestones tells the story of the family of Gerlög and Inga. All of the Färentuna runestones are inscribed in the younger futhark.References:
Claude Monet lived for forty-three years, from 1883 to 1926, in Giverny. With a passion for gardening as well as for colours, he conceived both his flower garden and water garden as true works of art. Walking through his house and gardens, visitors can still feel the atmosphere which reigned at the home of the Master of Impressionnism and marvel at the floral compositions and nymphéas, his greatest sources of inspiration.
In 1890 Monet had enough money to buy the house and land outright and set out to create the magnificent gardens he wanted to paint. Some of his most famous paintings were of his garden in Giverny, famous for its rectangular Clos normand, with archways of climbing plants entwined around colored shrubs, and the water garden, formed by a tributary to the Epte, with the Japanese bridge, the pond with the water lilies, the wisterias and the azaleas.
Today the Monet's Garden is open to the public.