Karl XI:s stones
Vicarage Park in Östra Sallerup with Karl XI's stones, a 1680-century tribute from a priest for the king Charles XI.

August 31, 2013: I put the car at the culture house in Östra Sallerup. I'm walk the road to Karl XIs stones. It is said one have begun restoring the park, making it more visible. It can be seen. Where there were fish ponds and pond with gazebo are one in the process of clearing the ponds and ditches, and one even made an archaeological survey. Soil is excavated, it does not look so funny. But it will hopefully be better.

Continuing down to the small car park at the gate to the stones. The gate is new since last time. Inside has a lot of trees been taken away. For better or worse, I think. The letters are visible, and no trees are growing inside of them. But it is not so green anymore. Will probably be better when the remaining trees can spread their canopies. In the compass with its stone cairns have all trees been taken away. An electric fence blocks the way to the ponds, probably graze sheeps here. But not today, I see no animals. I eat my lunch sitting at the head of an A. I did last time too, it should be in monarchA. Then I go up to the culture house for a visit to the radio museum and then coffee.

Read more on the homepage of Karl XI's stones (swedish) and my previous visit described below.

9 October 2010: I read in a paper about a proposal to carefully restore the vicaragepark. I was there in 2003, it is time for a revisit. Turn east to Östra Sallerup at Korsholm, on the road between Sjöbo and Hörby. Sets the car in the parking lot to the Culture House next to the church. A pointer "0.3 Karl XI's Stones" is pointing down a dirt road on the other side of the road. I follow it through a farm, further to a car park at the gate into the park. The park was established in the 1680s by the priest Jöns Hendriksson. Since then, nature has taken over, and it is now a grove of trees, but traces remain. The park is surrounded by a stone wall. Inside are remnants of walking paths, ponds, and canals. In the woods just after you come through the gate is the park's most remarkable attraction. As an apparent tribute to Charles XI did the priest with stones form ten meter large letters. Give me a C, ... give me an M, ... Give me an S. .. , There are three rows:


Continuing to the east. There are piles of stones arranged in two circles around a central pile. Rather hard to see, but each pile is marked by a red-colored pole. It is believed it was used as a compass, and each pile have been named after a then-famous hero. Go north where the ponds were, in northeast mostly a wetland. In some places it is boardwalks, they were the beginning of the 1990s. They look rotted. To the northwest is a pond with open, but muddy water. South of it was a large pond with a gazebo on an island. Today is all overgrown. Any sign of restoration is not visible. Go and sit at the head of the A in monarchA and drink a cup of coffee.

Returning to the Culture house, with a simple cafe, weaving and marketing. But also a small exhibition about the village and the vicarage park, including a model of how did it look. Jöns Hendriksson made a burial monument to himself. Parts of it, it was later smashed in pieces to be used as stuffing for a staircase, can be seen on the northern outer wall of the church.

Northeast of the church is a hill, Klack hill. There is sign pointing to it, a mound, or a high buildup of Jöns for his astronomical observations? Was up there in 2003, when the ground was frozen, looks to be newly planted in the fields around. I leave it alone today.