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Going to the 12th Century Church in Are, Sweden

Are, Sweden

Are, Sweden is really out of the way. It is about ten hours by train through trees and more trees. Why would anyone go that far from civilization? I would guess that before the ski resort settled its humongousness right in the middle of it, there wasn't much there. So there is this fabulous setting in the middle of nowhere, surrounded by these mountains that have been shaved for skiing. And this huge resort. However, there are some signs that there was indeed life before the resort came to town, and here is one of them. Look at this incredible church that was build in the 12th century! And get this! It is still in use, and people still worship there every Sunday!
This is quite a treasure, as you'll see in another photo. But first, one must get in, and what are the visiting hours? Well, they are whenever you want to go! Really. Whenever. The key was hanging on a plaque beside the door, and if the church was locked, you can simply take the key and let yourself in. Isn't that a great commentary on 12th century trust?
We actually went there Sunday morning and enjoyed a beautiful worship service. Of course, it was all in Swedish, so what did we know? The most surprising thing was that the music was really good! A choir stood on the balcony, and the congregation sang along to really beautiful music. Anyway, if one thinks there isn't much more to do in Are, Sweden than ski and spa, they haven't been to the best treasure of all - this little church. It was wonderful.

permalink written by  Heather Bryce on October 29, 2007 from Are, Sweden
from the travel blog: Sweden First Class
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Heather writes downloadable travel books under www.talestogo.com .(You can reach her at that site.) She has written dozens of articles in various magazines and presented seminars all around the country and Canada. She has taught college classes at various Universities, most notably the...

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