The Churches of Gotland


The church is a thoroughly Romanesque building from the first half and the middle of the 13th century. In the interior a unique inscription in runes records the names of the farmers of the parish who with their oxen made their day's work the building of the church. There is, too, an inscription telling that Halvard made the wall paintings. The name must refer to the simple but decoratively energetic ornaments in arches and vaults, largely derived from the patterns used by master smiths in their iron works on church doors and chests. The "Passion master" from the 1 5th century is represented by extensive suites of tapestry-like wallpaintings. The altar shrine is local work from the end of the 14th century.

Photo Hans Hemlin

Text Dr. Bengt G Söderberg


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List of the churches in alphabetical order

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