As I searched for some pictures the other day I found some that I would like to share from a trip to Västergötland 2005.
Stop number one was at Levene church that according to ledged is from the 11th century though it has been added to and rebuilt several times, mainly during the 17th century. It is said that the jarl Håkan Röde (Hakan the red) is buried here; he was presumably born ca 1045 AD and died in 1079 AD. It is also said that he had the church built or moved to Levene.
Silly enough I didn’t take any notes on this head stone; I do believe that it is a medieval, or possibly from the 16th century, grave-stone that has originally been part of the floor inside the church before being walled in. Anyhow it’s gorgeous!
In the vestry are two liljestenar, though I photographed one of them for some reason. Liljestenar is medieval carvings in Romanesque-style; they are often carved into flat tartar stones and mainly found in or close by medieval churches. I also managed to get up in the tower that reviled some interesting traits:
Above the entrance there is a mark after a cross that has been incorporated in to the wall, though it could aIso be part of some construction detail to let something else hang on the that wall. As always when one comes upon something new, or rather something that one has not seen before, curiosity awakens.
In the tower I also came across this beautiful dial from days past by, as dials goes it’s not really my cup of tea but an educated guess would be; possibly 17th or 18th century? (Please correct in me if I’m wrong, because I am like …)
Outside of the church stands Sweden’s highest rune stone (Vg 117), 4,6 meters in height. It was found in two pieces during a renovation in 1927-28 walled in at the both sides of the main gate.
The inscription goes as follows:
Herulfr reisti stein eptir sonu sína Var(?)/Vôr(?) ok Þorgaut. Guð hjalpi sálu þeira vel. Þeir …
Translated into English:
Herulfr raised the stone in memory of his sons Varr(?)/Vôrr(?) and Þorgautr. May God well help their souls. They …