Skepptuna Church – Stockholm, Sweden - Atlas Obscura

Stockholm, Sweden

Skepptuna Church

A 12th-century church with a medieval fresco and an intriguing “Greek runestone.” 

Christianity has been around in Sweden since around the 10th century when monks came from the south and set up churches. However, most of these churches were made of wood and did not survive. It wasn’t until the 13th century that Swedes began constructing stone churches, some of which, like the Skeppstuna Church, still stand today.

The church was built sometime in the 13th century. Step inside, and you’ll find a medieval altarpiece carved by the famous artist Jan Borman and a medieval fresco. Both indicate that not much has changed within the old building. The structure’s main changes are the tower and roof, which were replaced in 1776.

The runestone on the property is also interesting because it is one of the so-called “Greek runestones.” The text on it reads, “Folkmarr had this stone raised in memory of Folkbjörn, his son. He also met his end among the Greeks. May God help his spirit and soul.”

Know Before You Go

The graveyard and rune stone are freely available. The church is open on Sundays.

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