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Brunflo Church was consecrated on November 1st, 1775. It was built on the same site where a cruciform church dedicated to Saint Olof had already existed in the 12th century.

The altar piece is in the Gustavian style and was made by Johan Edler from Lockne. The altar painting was made by the Jämtland artist Pehr Sundin from Sunne and donated by the priest Zetterberg in the year 1800.

The pulpit, depicting Jesus and the sleeping disciples in Gethsemane, was made by Johan Edler in 1786.

 Photo: Hans-Åke Grinde

The rococo style is evident in both entrance doors with carved vines and angel heads.

Among the medieval furnishings, the remarkable sandstone baptismal font is of particular interest. It is a work by the Gotlandic master Sighraf, active from 1170-1215.

Next to the church lies Brunflo Castle, a 30-meter-high landmark that serves as a symbol for the whole Brunflo district. An impressive structure built of limestone in the late 1170s, it measures 9 x 9 meters and now houses the church bells, the oldest of which was cast in Stockholm in 1665. The tower’s wooden superstructure was given its dome during 1895-1897. The shingle roof was renovated in 2002 and is expected to last for another 100 years.

The castle served as a warehouse for the storage of collected natural specimens and treasury items belonging to the archbishop. It also had a defensive function in times of unrest. Today, it serves as a bell tower. The castle’s base measures 9 x 9 meters and its walls are 16.5 meters high. The wooden tower spire was built later and stands 11 meters high. In the east, there is an old window opening on the ground floor, and one of the corners has a narrow medieval staircase.

At Sunne Church in Härnösand Diocese, there are remains of a similar castle, but it is partially destroyed.

Castles are very rare in northern Sweden. The two that exist here in Jämtland show that the area was of great importance during the Middle Ages.

In the choir of the church, since 2015, there has been a “Children’s Altar Cabinet.” There are all kinds of opportunities to play church in various ways. Priestly vestments, wedding clothes, baptismal font, coffin, communion chalice, etc., all in sizes suitable for smaller children. Everything is welcome to be tried, and we expect whoever uses it to restore it to its original state.

Photo: Hans-Åke Grinde