Wednesday, 28 March 2012

ABC Wednesday – K for Keys


▲ Above: Huge symbolical key on the wall in the reception
area of our hospital, which was added in 2004.

▼ Below: Old church keys.


Historians are unsure where the first lock was invented, but evidence suggests that locks initially developed independently in the Egyptian, Greek, and Roman civilizations. Wooden locks and keys were in use as early as 4,000 years ago in Assyria.

St. Peter is called the guardian of the gates to the Kingdom of Heaven, and the key is his attribute. He has been depicted bearing one or two keys in a wide range of Christian contexts since the 5th century throughout Europe - paintings, reliefs, baptismal fonts, sculptures etc.

Over a door on a church at Forshem, Kinnekulle, Sweden, originally from the 12 th century, there is a stone relief depicting Christ handing the Key to St Peter, and the Scriptures to St Paul.

Forshems kyrka stenrelief

Postcard photo of the stone relief at Forshem

The Latin inscription reads: “Ista ecclesia sit in honore Domini nostri Jesu Christi et Sancti Sepulchri” i.e. “This church is consecrated in honour of our Lord Jesus Christ and the Holy Grave” [in Jerusalem]. This seems to indicate a connection with the medeival crusades; or at least so it is assumed by Swedish author and journalist Jan Guillou in The Knight Templar (Crusades trilogy), a series of books about the fictional character of Arn Magnusson.


My own photo from the church at Forshem, 2002

Read more about old keys and locks at

ABC Wednesday – K


  1. Great shots and I love those old keys. The last shot of the beautiful church is wonderful. Carver, ABC Wednesday Team

  2. Always loved church KEYS. Of course, if everyone were honest, we wouldn't need keys at all.
    ROG, ABC Wednesday team

  3. There;s something about old keys that teally evokes special feelings. I can't describe them but they send a little frisson down the spine.

  4. wonderful church, and i would like to see the old doors those keys fit into. the bigger the door the better i like it and those are some big keys.

  5. That is a beautiful stone church. Those are some BIG keys! They would never get lost in your purse, if you could even fit them in!

  6. Old keys are very facinating. Love all the shapes and patina on them. Great example of the keys of the Kingdom. Love the beautiful Church.

  7. Old keys are always so intriguing, especially in this day and age of digital security codes. They have so much more character than a keypad! Love your church shot. Very nice.

  8. Beautiful church. I love all the old keys. Blessings, Debbie


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