Ytterhogdal is located by the river Hoan and belongs to the province of Hälsingland, but the municipality of Härjedalen, Jämtland County. Here you find yourself in the middle parts of Sweden.
The church is beautifully situated by the water, near the Saint’s Trail, a nice resting place!
According to tradition, Ytterhogdal was populated from the Ljusdal area, with the centre in Fåssjö. After Digerdöden (1350) and the depopulation from the village, this centre was moved to Ytterhogdal, which then came to consist of three "villages"; Viken, Östansjö and Västansjö. These areas served as back country for farmers from Ljusdal and Färila, who came looking for new fish dishes and hunting for fur. It was probably these farmers who built a church here. Ytterhogdal became its own parish as early as 1402. In 1865, Ytterhogdal, Överhogdal and Ängersjö Kapellag came to belong to the diocese of Härnösand.
The church building
The first parish church, in Ytterhogdalsbygden, was built in Fåssjö. A new church was erected in Ytterhogdal and was remodelled step by step, to eventually get the look it has today. The present church was built in 1799-1808 by builder Johan Christian Loëll of Gävle. It was erected with its tower to the east, which is unusual.
The interior of the church is dominated by a shining perspective painting. In 1833 a renovation was made, and a new pulpit was built. This was placed above the altar, which may have been explained by the desire to give the sermon a more prominent place in the worship service. In 1887 the opportunity for this placement was removed with new constructions taking place. The back of the pulpit is decorated with a ray of sun; an attribute of God.
The sculptures of the church were made in 1839 - 48 by Göran Sundin, from Sunne, Jämtland. A Crucifix from the 17th century is preserved.
Summertime you will find the Road Church open. Stop by for a coffee!