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Gave It My All! » 01-31 a Plastered Alnö Kyrka 1

Old Alnö Church & Scenery

This is one of the oldest churches in Norrland and is Medelpads oldest surviving church. Made of white-washed stone, the original parts were constructed in the 1100’s.

The original chancel, lower and narrower than the nave, still exists. The sacristy and porch were added in the 1400’s as well as paintings on the ceiling and walls. In the 1700’s the windows were inserted. The alter room is the oldest part of the church built by 12 local farmers and their families.

The church’s interior is counted among the best in Sweden. The paintings of the vaults and walls were added in the late 1400’s. It is thought they were done by one of Albertus Pictor’s students. The images have never been restored or improved, only cleaned.

The church was the island’s only church until 1863 when Alnö’s new wooden church was completed. The new one burned in 1888 to rebuilt in brick Gothic Revival in 1896.

The old church was left to decay until renovation in the 1930’s. Now it’s used for special occasions, particularly weddings.

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Have the old version of this church on an old alms box with the other church on it as well that was hand painted and very ornate. The lower left corner of the painting says Alno, Kyrkan. My father gave it to me as part of our family heritage…

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