|The church of Gällstad and Södra Säm|
The parish used to be the home of some of the most influential families in Sweden. They had close connections to the royal family and Håkan Knutsson Hand married the daughter of King Erik XIV. Håkan's father, Knut Håkansson Hand, died in the battle of Axtorna in Halland, the biggest battle to take place on Swedish soil, in 1565. He was buried inside the church and today the stone he was buried under has been placed on one of the walls in the new church. Knut's wife Märta came from the Drake (Dragon) family who also was one of the important families in Gällstad.
|The family shield.|
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