Älmeboda Kyrkoruin 2015
Älmeboda Kyrkoruin 2015 | Photo: GuidebookSweden (CC BY-SA 4.0)

Älmeboda Kyrkoruin

Church ruin in Älmeboda

Älmeboda Kyrkoruin is the ruin of a 12th century church in Älmeboda, approximately 22 kilometers northeast of Tingsryd.

Älmeboda Kyrka was built as a Romanesque church with an elongate nave and a small choir with apse. In the late Middle Ages and the late 18th century, the church was extended in eastern direction and got the look of a hall church.

When in 1877 a church was built in Rävemåla, a village just four kilometers away, the old church in Älmeboda was abandoned. At this time, the medieval church was already in a bad structural condition and the decay began rather quickly.

The current appearance of the ruins shows the condition after expert conservation in the 1920s. In 1937, a belfry was built because the old cemetery was still in use and occasionally open-air church services were held in the ruin.

Next to the belfry is a large memorial stone, a so-called plague stone, which reminiscent of the devastating plague epidemic that raged in the region in 1710/11. The associated information panel gives interesting knowledge about the consequences of the disease were handled.

360 23 Älmeboda
56°35′42.3″N 15°15′9.40″E

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