Husaby church with its impressive triple spire dating from the 11th century is Sweden’s first bishop’s church and one of the oldest buildings in Sweden today.

The interior of the church still has a medieval atmosphere. The font and triumphal cross inside the church date from the 13th century, as does the bishop’s chair, which is one of the oldest pieces of Swedish furniture.

Husaby is best known for the fact that Olof Skötkonung was baptised here around 1000 CE. He was the first Christian king of Sweden. He ruled from the 990s until his death in 1022, and is said to have been the first king to rule over both Svealand and Götaland.

Next to the church we can see the remains of the bishop’s castle. The castle was probably the royal farm of Olof Skötkonung, and later became the Husaby residence of the bishops of Skara, until the start of the Reformation in 1527. The castle has undergone several stages of reconstruction. The oldest part probably dates from the 12th century, but there are remains that are considerably older.

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