The vandalised Norrsunda church

The vandalised Norrsunda church
Before 1902, the paintings on the ceiling were covered, but since 1954, they were restored.

Before 1902, the paintings on the ceiling were covered, but since 1954, they were restored.

Norrsunda Church in Rosersberg is a unique medieval church which recently has been targeted by vandals and copper thieves. 

Not that I am religious, but I do care about those who see the church as their place of refuge.

As a tourist, I often visit churches as a house of art.

Norrsunda church was built in the 1100’s. Its gray stones came from the area. Gray stones were used before the red bricks became a medieval trend in Scandinavia.

The parson, Per-Johan Svärd, showed me around the church and told me its history. There are seven medieval churches in his parish in Märsta. Most of them were built around 1100 – a century after Christianity was introduced  by the German monk, Ansgar.

I wrote two articles about Norrsunda church, one is about what the parish has for plans to keep thieves and vandals away.

And yes, I admit that there was a time in the past when I came to Norrsunda Church — to cry. I was new in Sweden, and my future seemed blurry. I cried to God in the grave yard. An old lady approached me and asked if someone died. I said no, I was just sad. And she said: “It’s going to be all right. All problems pass, and so will yours.”

PS Shortly after the burglary, the police found the thieves. Some of the stolen goods were returned to the church.


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