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Scandinavian Church Labyrinths


Labyrinths in churches are found throughout Scandinavia. A few are simple graffiti, but the majority were painted as wall or ceiling frescos, directly onto fresh plaster. Unlike the pavement labyrinths to the south, with only one exception at Grinstad in Sweden, they are all of the old 'classical' design, or developments from it. They are scattered across southern Norway, Sweden and Finland, with the largest concentration in Denmark. Many are difficult to see or only partially preserved, the examples at Slidre and Seljord in Norway, Hablingbo and Grinstad in Sweden, Hesselager and Roerslev in Denmark and at Maaria church in Turku, Finland, are among the finest. All can be dated between the late 14th to early 16th centuries, with the possible exception of the unique example at Grinstad, which may belong to the early 13th century.

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Hesselager, Denmark

Roerslev, Denmark

Skive, Denmark

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Gevninge, Denmark

Slidre, Norway

Seljord, Norway

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Hablingbo, Gotland, Sweden

Lye, Gotland, Sweden

Grinstad, Sweden

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Sorunda, Sweden

Korpo, Finland

Pernå, Finland

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Maaria Kyrka, Turku, Finland

Maaria Kyrka, Turku, Finland


Sibbo, Finland

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Maaria Kyrka, Turku, Finland

Maaria Kyrka, Turku, Finland


To learn more about these unusual labyrinths in Scandinavian churches, read the article Labyrinths in Nordic Churches in the Caerdroia Archive section on this website.


We also have many photos of the stone labyrinths in Scandinavia - click here for a selection from our extensive collection.


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Levide, Gotland, Sweden


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