The Churches of Gotland


The church is a "saddle-church" with arcade gallery tower, an older vaultless nave and high Gothic chancel with a magnificent portal with figure sculptures on the capitals by the master called "Egypticus", owing to the Egyptian massivity of his buildings and sculptures. By his hand is also the unique limestone choir-stall beside the altar with some of its original paint preserved. The altar piece is a fine specimen of Lubeck woodcarving and painting from about 1420. The Rood is a Gotlandic work from the second half of the 13th century. The pulpit, executed by the Visby joiner Johan Dunderhake 1756, is one among many examples of the role played by the splendid pulpit from 1689 in St Mary in Visby as a model for pulpits in the country for nearly a century. The nave ceiling was decorated in 1706.

Photo Hans Hemlin

Text Dr. Bengt G Söderberg


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List of the churches in alphabetical order

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