A plaque located in Ljungs kyrka, Linköping, bearing the names of all von Fersen- family members who are buried here. Among them are the church’s funder, Fredrik Axel von Fersen, his wife Hedvig Catharina, and three of their children; Axel von Fersen jr, Sophie Piper and Fabian von Fersen. Their elder sister, Hedvig Eleonora, lies buried in Italy.
My visit to this church was quite interesting - not only did it feel very special to be standing at the burial spot of so many great historical people, but the events leading up to this visit were also quite special.
When my dad and I arrived to the church, it was closed, so we decided to come back later. After a brief visit to Ljungs slott, we found that the church was still closed, so we started asking the few people we could find nearby when it opened, and one older woman answered that a man living in a house right next to the church should have the key. She helped us find the right house, and it all felt like something out of the ‘Da Vinci code’, as it soon turned out that this woman was in fact the owner of Ljungs slott, where we had just been.
She gave us a private tour of the church, after we had found out that the von Fersen tomb was not actually visible - it had been blocked up in the 1970’s sometime. I was very disappointed to learn this, but I think she was more upset than I was; she complained very much about the attitude of Svenska kyrkan, about how they refused to let the tomb of a person such as Axel von Fersen be visible to visitors, even when, as she said, there were so many.
I did take pictures of the insides of the church itself, but I don’t think I’ll upload them out of respect to her, so that they’ll be for private use only.