One of my interests is medieval churches (foremost I like to crawl through the addicts and look at the roof constructions). One of the most beautiful medieval churches in Småland is the old church at Hemmesjö, in Hemmesjö parish. The most beautiful thing about it is its location, and I really couldn’t get a good photo so if you want to see it you’ll have to visit it.
I took a couple of photos on some details however, the first photo is taken from northeast and shows the apse. The next two photos are of the two entrance doors, here both the northern and southern entrance are in place and both are decorated with medieval smithery. The north door is said to have been the entrance for women and the south for men.
To the left the south door and to the right the north.
The entrance to the roof was as you can see not accessible for me at this time.
At the time I visited this church it was open which was a bit lucky as this is not always the case now days as too many churches has been robbed during the last years. A beautiful Romanesque baptismal font with fabulous animals on is one of the sights another the altar screen from the 16th century. The church was built in the 12th century and was abandoned in 1850’s. It was restored in the 1920’s and has been maintained since then.
Romanesque baptismal font.
Earlier that day I had visited a few graves, small Cairns probably from the early Iron Age that had been damaged by the storm Per earlier in 2007. In one of the graves a tree had been rooted up and within the damaged area I found some fragments of cremated bones. Hopefully we can get some money to restore or excavate this grave. As I only found a few fragments and no coal or artifacts there is probably any need for an excavation, in this case I believe its better to restore it so as much of the scientific values are safe for the future.
On the photo a small piece of cremated bone, the suture shows that it is from a cranium and this is most likely human.
The damage of up heaved roots.