Suntaks Gamla Kyrka

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Suntaks Gamla Kyrka (Old church of Suntak) is a pastoral church of Romanesque construction located in the village community of Tidaholm, Västra Götaland County, Sweden. Originally built with local stone during the late 1100s, its present form dates from the 1700s. The ceiling’s plafond art was painted in 1767 by Andreas Wetterling, an artisan from the neighboring community of Acklinga, and depicts scenes from the “Book of Genesis” and the “New Testament.” The interior walls and altar screens are adorned with “kurbits” style decoration popular during the 18th and 19th centuries. Set into the nave floor is a “Liljesten” (Lily Stone). Surviving lily stones, which blend elements from Christianity and Old Norse beliefs prior to the Conversion, are rare indeed and their meaning is still debated — it is believed that walking over one brings good luck.

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