The Romanesque-style church at Gökhem - one of Sweden's oldest churches.
Medieval churches were built according to a strict plan. This plan mirrored God's great plan and was a way to show the majesty and presence of the Lord above. The building plan dictated, among other things, that the church was to be built in a east-westerly orientation and that the apse and chancel, with its altar, should be oriented towards Eden and the rising sun in the east. In later Gothic cathedrals great windows were often built behind the altar to magnify the impact of these first rays of light.