The stone foundation of the old church of Varnhem, dated 1040 or earlier.
|Coordinates: 58°23′N 13°39′E / 58.383°N 13.650°ECoordinates: 58°23′N 13°39′E / 58.383°N 13.650°E|
|County||Västra Götaland County|
|• Total||0.80 km2 (0.31 sq mi)|
|Population (31 December 2010)|
|• Density||889/km2 (2,300/sq mi)|
|Time zone||CET (UTC+1)|
|• Summer (DST)||CEST (UTC+2)|
Varnhem is the location of the oldest known stone church in Sweden outside of Scania, erected in the 1040s at the latest. It is also the location of a Christian cemetery which was in use during the end of the ninth century.
Varnhem and in particular its abbey has received additional attention in recent years due to it being the main location of The Knight Templar trilogy written by Jan Guillou, and subsequently filmed. Arn Magnusson, the hero character of the series is portrayed as living there.
Birger jarl and his family lie buried in Varnhem.
- "Tätorternas landareal, folkmängd och invånare per km2 2005 och 2010" (in Swedish). Statistics Sweden. 14 December 2011. Archived from the original on 10 January 2012. Retrieved 10 January 2012.