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Bonnstan - Skellefteå kyrkstad: kyrkstadens funktion i tid och rum
Gotland University, School of the Humanities and Social Science.
2012 (Swedish)Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesisAlternative title
Bonnstan - Skelleftea Church Town : the functionality of the church town in time and space (English)
Abstract [en]

This essay is about Skelleftea church town which is named Bonnstan and refers to the city for farmers. Originally, its mission was to function as temporary residence for long distance travelers of the villages, during weekends intended for religious gatherings. Bonnstan have furthermore periodically and in lesser extent been used as permanently abode for domestic workers. Nowadays the area consists of 114 cottages with nearly 400 chambers.

The earliest known documentation of Skelleftea church town's existence is from the 17th century even though it may have its origin from the Middle Ages. These early church cottages burnt down in 1835 and were restored two years after the accident. Bonnstan from 19th century has been well preserved ever since.

My analysis is about how Bonnstan has served as a meeting place for the city's inhabitants, from the 17th century until today. I also aim to find parallels between these buildings aesthetics and its target audience, together with use. This essay follows a chronological disposition in which social and cultural contexts are examined with the method hermeneutics.

Its aesthetics is characterized by simplicity and has fulfilled many important purposes in social and cultural context through time. I aim to declare my opinion on why this is an important monument with complex meanings.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2012. , 45 p.
Keyword [en]
Skelleftea church town, Bonnstan, Church town, Art, Architecture, Aesthetics, Hermeneutics, Function
National Category
Architecture History
URN: urn:nbn:se:hgo:diva-1808OAI: diva2:608722
Subject / course
Art History
Humanities, Theology
Available from: 2013-03-05 Created: 2013-02-26 Last updated: 2013-07-01Bibliographically approved

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