Monday, June 25, 2012

St. Pers Church Ruin - Sigtuna, Sweden

Sankt Pers Church - main tower
The town of Sigtuna is the smallest in Sweden. In spite of this it has 4 church or church ruins. The reason is that it is the oldest settlement in Sweden, and the cradle of the Swedish state. Church of Sankt Per’s (or St. Peter’s) used to be the main church of the Archdiocese before it was moved to the city of Uppsala
The church is dedicated to the Apostle Peter and was ravaged by fire in the 17th century and was left as a ruin back then. By tradition the church served as the main church of the archdiocese until 1130. Another tradition place the church as connected to a royal residence.
Today the mighty tower rise above the gables of the old city. Eastern part of the building with choir, central tower and middle nave built in the early 11th century, while main nave and west tower were built later.

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