The Churches of Gotland


The most splendid specimen of the church is the portal of the nave, which is decorated with the naturalistic foliage of the high Gothic: look at the face with the grape vine growing out of its mouth! Other ornaments show the more stylized ornaments of the traditional Gotlandic Gothic. Obviously the master was inspired by the great Gothic portal in the South chapel at St Mary's church in Visby. The portal is the latest addition to the architecture of Boge church, about 1340. The oldest part is the chancel from the mid-thirteenth century. It is exquisitely decorated with ornamental vault paintings of the same date. The tower came down in a gale in 1858, breaking the vaults of the nave; it was reconstructed at the end of the 19th century, but the mid column and the vaults were only rebuilt in 1925. The frieze of paintings with scenes from the Passion of Christ on the north wall of the nave (15th century) surprisingly differ somewhat from the usual paintings of this kind.

Photo Hans Hemlin

Text Dr. Bengt G Söderberg


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