Husaby Church

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Husaby Church

The Husaby Church ( Husaby kyrka ), located in the parish Husaby about 15 km northeast of the town of Lidköping in the Swedish province of Västra Götaland County is the first cathedral considered the medieval Sweden.

According to tradition, Olof Skötkonung was the first Swedish king to be baptized in Husaby around the year 1008. He also had a bishop's castle (now in ruins) built. The current church was built around 1100 in Romanesque style and presumably replaced an old stave church . In the 14th century the church was provided with Gothic pointed arches. Between 1900 and 1902 the church was renovated again, with the wall and roof paintings from the 15th century being destroyed.

Most of the inventory of the church dates from the 17th century ( pulpit , choir screen and altar ), but a few items are much older. The baptismal font has inscriptions from the 13th century and also some sculptures, the bishop's chair and a bench are from the same period. A special structural feature is the medieval hagioscope , a so-called leprosy fissure.

In front of the church there are sculptured Romanesque sarcophagi from the high Middle Ages . The St. Siegfrieds Spring, where King Olof Skötkonung is said to have been baptized, is located near the church.

Coordinates: 58 ° 31 '30 "  N , 13 ° 22' 47"  E