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    Fors Kyrka in Eskilstuna

    by sim1 Updated Oct 21, 2003

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    Fors Kyrka in Eskilstuna
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    Favorite thing:
    In these 'general tips' I want to start to give you some more detailed information about the Fors Kyrka in Eskilstuna. To make a good photo of the Fors Kyrka is quite hard because it is all surrounded by trees. But when you visited the church, the leaning angle of the tower is what strikes you at once. It's not leaning as much as the tower of Pisa, but it is leaning over a lot. The tower to this church was added probably in the middle of the 14th century and has had a considerable lean from the time that it is build. To prevent the tower from leaning over more, they put wedges on the outside of the north wall.
    The Fors Kyrka is not the first church on this spot. The original wooden church was destroyed by fire, but it was rebuilt in stone in the second half of the 11th century. There are still some traces of this stone church and they are visible in the north wall and the west wall.

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    Fors Kyrka : Anna the third

    by sim1 Updated Oct 21, 2003

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    Fors Kyrka : Anna the third

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    This is a statue of Anna the third from around 1400. I find it amazing to see all these old wood carvings and statues in the church. So much history and it is still there in the church. Not hidden away in any museum, but in their original place. The good part is that the doors to the church are open, so you can visit it when you like. That sunny summer afternoon there was no one else in the church, just us. I thoroughly enjoyed it, taking in all the history that was clearly visible all around me.

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    Five figures with Saint Eskil

    by sim1 Updated Sep 11, 2003

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    Five figures from 1475 with Saint Eskil

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    These five figures are originally from the medieval church altar. Looking from left to right you can see a Saint Dominic, Saint Birgitta, Saint Eskil (holding the three stones, as a symbol as he was stoned to death), an unknown female saint and on the right a holy king, either Saint Olov or Saint Erik. The sculptures are from around 1475.

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    The votive ship in the Fors Kyrka

    by sim1 Updated Oct 21, 2003

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    Votive ship from the 1690 in the Fors Kyrka.

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    Let's start the tour through the interior of the church at the porch on the ground floor of the tower. There are some interesting objects to be seen in this porch. The oldest one is the foot of a granite font from the 12th century. In the wall you can see the bigger part of a gravestone of Peregrinus, a priest from the Johanniterorder that died in 1338. The stone probably came from the Johanniter monastry, and was brought to the Fors Kyrka around 1600.
    There are also bits of frescos remaining in the porch, but they are not as clearly to see though.
    The only picture I took here (it's very bad lighting in this part of the church, so hard to take any pictures) is the votive ship dating from 1690 hanging from the ceiling.

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    Fors Kyrka : the pulpit

    by sim1 Updated Oct 21, 2003

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    The pulpit in the Fors Kyrka

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    This is a picture of the pulpit in the Fors Kyrka from around 1650. It was donated by the Lohe family (one of the richest and powerful families in the history of Eskilstuna), together with quite a few other artefacts. The pulpit has wooden sculptures on it that represent the four evangelists, Jesus Christ and Paulus.

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    Fors Kyrka : gravestones

    by sim1 Updated Sep 11, 2003

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    Gravestones inside the church

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    Like I've seen in many old churches, there are gravestones inside this church as well. I always find it interesting to read them, to try and find out how old they are, and read the inscription. That's not always easy though, as they have been faded by the many people walking through the church.

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    Fors Kyrka: some more views

    by sim1 Updated Jan 6, 2006

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    Candlelight
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    In the first picture you can see a wonderful photo of a burning candle, giving atmosphere to this little old church.

    In the second picture you can have a closer look at the altar, which was donated by the Lohe family. It is an oil painting made by the French painter Eustace Lesueur in 16th century.

    In the third picture you can see one of the glass stained windows.

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    Fors Kyrka : Lohes crypt

    by sim1 Updated Jan 3, 2006

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    The Lohe coat of arms in the Fors Kyrka
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    There have been many alterations to the church over the years. One is them was made by the wealthy family of Lohe, they build a crypt on the northside of the church around 1700. Many of the Lohe family have been buried in this crypt. One of the things that still reminds of the Lohe family is this coat of arms that you can see in the crypt.

    In the second picture you can see the coat of arms of Conrad Gustav Siegroth (1694 - 1762) that is located close to the exit of the church.

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    Saint Martin on the horse

    by sim1 Updated Sep 11, 2003

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    The last picture of the interior of the church that I want to show you is a sculpture called "Saint Martin till häst" (Saint Martin on the horse). It's close to the exit in the church and it was probably made in the second half of the 14th century.

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    Sculpture with Saint Eskil

    by sim1 Updated Sep 11, 2003

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    Saint Eskil

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    I've mentioned Saint Eskil quite a few times by now on this page, and here he is another time. You can see this sculpture outside the church, in the park. I can't really say Iike the statue though, it's not that beautiful or spectacular to see. But as it is about Saint Eskil I thought I should mention it.

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    Walk in Stadsparken close to the river....

    by Dizzyhead Updated Mar 23, 2010

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    Snow in Eskilstuna��s Stadspark.
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    Favorite thing: It is very beautiful along the river of Eskilstuna, also called in Swedish Eskilstunaån. Here you can feed the ducks in the river during the winter. Walk around and sit down and read your newspaper. bring a blanket and have a picnic with your girl friend/boy friend or all your friends. You can just bring a book and sit here and read.

    Fondest memory: I like when it is so quiet along the riverand watch the ducks and just relax.

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    Parken Zoo in Eskilstuna.

    by Dizzyhead Updated Aug 7, 2010

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    Parken Zoo sign.

    Favorite thing: Well, in Eskilstuna we have a zoo with many exclusive animals for example the white tiger. There are many more things to do at the zoo, and a place where children like to go. Some times during the summer there are concerts with famous Swedish and foreign artists. You also have a smaller tivoli here and when it is too hot, you go to parkenbadet and swim in the big swimming pool.

    Fondest memory: When I was young and we went here and drank during the summer nights. I also went here during the day time to to watch the animals and swim in Parkenbadet.

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    St Eskil - the martyr.

    by Dizzyhead Updated Feb 9, 2010

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    Favorite thing: This Christian priest came to Eskilstuna area long time ago. He wanted to make the wild vikings Christians and tell them to change their reigion. Eskil was stoned when he talked to the vikings who had come to Strängnäs to celebrate Oden. It was a viking called Blot-Sven who was the man behind the execution of Eskil. On the pictures below you can find a statue after eskil and you find it at Klostergatan, on the other side of the road compare to Slottskolan.

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    Mälarsjukhuset (the hospital)

    by Dizzyhead Updated Sep 21, 2007

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    M��larsjukhuset.
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    Favorite thing: Here is not a place where you will go if you have vacation. Here att he hospital you have all chances to get the help you need. They also sell medicin here (Apoteket see more under my Sweden page). At the hospital there is a café, restaurant, hair dresser and a smaller service shop. Phone nr is 016 - 10 30 00.

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    Torshälla Marknad.

    by Dizzyhead Updated Jan 16, 2011

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    Favorite thing: In begining of September a market is hold in Torshälla and they sell all kind of things and it is also a tivoli here for the kids. One reason this is popular is that they only allowed people who work with handycraft. They have good demands on the handycraft salesmen.

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