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Although it has connections to my family, I have not been to the church in Rolfstorp before.
In many ways it is like so many other Swedish churches, simple Romanesque architecture, an interior palate of blue and white; simple spaces with open ceilings, a few elaborate carvings, and sparkling chandeliers.
While much of the church only dates back to an early nineteenth century remodel, the elaborate alter and pulpit were carved in 1655 when this place was part of Denmark.
The baptismal font is older, likely carved in the 12th or 13th century and still used for family baptisms.
Other aspects of the church have not been so treasured and, over time, have been obscured, replaced, or modified over time.
Among these is the 1950’s era organ that incorporates parts of an earlier organ.
Similarly, medieval paintings were covered over at some point, only to be recovered when the church was renovated in 1962.
It makes for an odd contrast.
Mostly though, this church is famous for the ancient rose that grows between the window panes.
It must be incredibly beautiful in spring when in bloom.