The old church in Drev

Address: Drevs gamla kyrka, 360 42 Braås Show map

Address: Drevs gamla kyrka, 360 42 Braås

The church in Drev is a well preserved building, which was constructed in Romanesque stile in the 1170s. This makes it one of the oldest church buildings in the whole of Småland. The wooden sculptures of the Virgin Mary and St Olof date back to the end of the 13th century. The lime paintings are from the 17th century.

During an inspection in 1831 in the parishes in Sjösås, Drev and Hornaryd, the church was rejected by bishop Tegnér, who found it unfit for holding services. The old church stood empty and abandoned. In the following years, the building decayed, until in the beginning of the 20th century, ideas for restaurations came up. During the 1940's and 1950's, the church was renovated and is today open for visitors. Hence, a gem amongst the medieval churches of Värend has been saved. The Church is built in greystone and consists of a rectangular longhouse with a choir and apse in the east. A steeple was built in 1958 on the northern side of the cemetery. The paintings date back to 1624-1626.

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