Husaby Church.

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Husaby Kyrka

Southwestern Sweden

Husaby (15km east of Lidköping) is inextricably linked to Swedish history. Legend has it King Olof Skötkonung (d1022), the country’s first Christian king, was baptised in a nearby spring by the English missionary Sigfrid. (Some dispute the exact timing and location.) Husaby Kyrka dates from the 12th century, but the base of the three-steeple tower may be that of an earlier wooden structure; traces of an Iron Age village were found here. Inside are striking medieval paintings and thousand-year-old rune stones.

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