Suntaks gamla kyrka
Suntak’s old church is an abandoned church which is a rare preserved example of Romanesque architecture from the latter half of the 12th century.
Suntak’s old church is built of smooth sandstone. It has no towers and comprises a nave and apse-ended choir section, which is quite unusual. Of Västergötland’s more than 500 preserved medieval churches, 47 are apse churches.
Medieval wall paintings
On the walls are the remains of chalk paintings from the late middle ages. The wooden roof has two ceiling paintings from 1769 which depict the Fall of the Damned and the Last Judgement.
In the choir section a copy of the remarkable choirstall is kept, also called Suntakstolen, which belongs to the church. On one end is a carved wolf head. The original choirstall is kept at Västergötland’s Museum and is dated to the 1100s. It could be Sweden’s oldest piece of furniture and is made from an older church bench.
The building master’s commission
In the year 1902 a new church was built in Suntak. According to verbal tradition the building master was allowed, in the commission, to use material from the old church. As luck would have it, this was not done. We are grateful for that today.