Thursday, July 28, 2011

Åland – Hammarland church5.10.1992

Hammarland’s stone church is consecrated to St. Catherine. It was built at the end of the 13th century, and is oblong in shape, the sturdy tower during the following century and the new kordel in 1400. The church is situated on the mail route based on Eckerö and it is located in an area that in ancient times consisted of pagan buildings. On the church's west side is about thirty old burial mounds, among them also barrows. It was destroyed by fire in the beginning of the 15th century. The wall paintings are from 15th century, and the pulpit was placed in 1650. The church has been reconstructed in the 1830s, and the alterpiece was painted by R.W. Ekman in 1869. Pia sent me this lovely cover.

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