Älvestad Church Fire Aftermath

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As reported here before, the Medieval church of Älvestad in Östergötland, Sweden, burned down on 29 March. On 12 April I visited the site and took some pix. I was somewhat heartened to see that what has been destroyed was largely a product of radical 18th century re-building. The remaining 12th century masonry is confined to the tower which is the least damaged part of the church after the fire. The spire and the bells have collapsed into the tower, but it still looks structurally sound.

More pix below the fold.

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Comments

  1. #1 Henrik
    April 19, 2007

    That’s one poor church. Say, can we dig it?

  2. #2 Martin R
    April 19, 2007

    Recent Swedish church fires lit by insane people have actually led to excavations. I suggest you contact Riksantikvarieämbetet’s Linköping unit to sign up for duty.