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Jan 24 2014

Ales Stenar: Large Stones in Southern Sweden

I have only had the privilege of visiting Sweden once.  It was a last minute decision to go when a friend, who was due head out there to meet up with some Swedish friends, asked if I wanted to go.  I had never been to Sweden and was keen to go, so it was a no-brainer.  I promptly booked my flight for a couple of days later.

We ended up in a village near Ystad.  It was March and there was snow on the ground.  On one of the days, we headed out to see what is this week’s Foto Friday – Ales Stenar in Kåseberga, not far from Ystad.

As you can see I look quite at home surrounded by the stones that are often referred to as ‘Sweden’s Stonehenge’.

There are 59 stones in all and they are arranged in an oval shape or ‘ship-like formation’.  There seems to be some dispute over the original purpose of the stones.  Apparently, stone ships were the traditional burial custom in Scandinavia.  To support this, in 2012, evidence of a tomb dating back 5,500 years was discovered nearby, although the stones aren’t thought to be that old, but anywhere between 1,400-2,500 years old.  I have also read the stones were used to support Viking ships while they were being built, which would account for the shape.   However, some researchers believe the stones had a similar purpose to Stonehenge.  Whatever its original purpose and age, they look magnificent and are in a great location, so it’s definitely worth taking the time to visit.

Location

On the map, you can see the exact location and where it is in relation to Ystad.

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Have you been to Ales Stenar?  Do you have any other information on the stones or this area?  If so, you know what to do – leave a comment below! 🙂

About the author

Teresa Keane

Teresa has been to almost 60 countries. She started travelling independently at the age of 38 when she gave up her job, rented out her house, put her possessions in storage and spent a year travelling the world. It changed her life. She now creates, publishes, & promotes online travel content and is an experienced freelance trainer & EFL teacher.

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