The Churches of Gotland

BARLINGBO

Under the floor lie the fundaments of a little Romanesque church, the chancel of which about 1200 was replaced by the present, which has a very unusual square apse. The construction of the church then proceeded westward and was completed with the huge tower at the end of the 13th century. At that time the vaults were decorated with rich ornamental paintings. Famous are the magnificent stained glass windows, especially those in the chancel from about 1230-40. The remarkable baptismal font is said to be the finest work of art from the Romanesque era in Sweden; the master seems to have learnt his art as well in England as in Lund. In high relief between the Evangelist symbols are seen the archangel Gabriel, the Virgin, Joachim and Anna (or Joseph and Mary?) and the crucified Christ. The date of the font should be about 1150. The Rood is a grandiose, realistic specimen of wooden sculpture from the mid-thirteenth century.

Photo Hans Hemlin

Text Dr. Bengt G Söderberg


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