The Churches of Gotland


The church was built in two stages: the chancel and the nave before, and the tower after, the middle of the 13th century. The building was seriously damaged by a fire in 1676; the mid column had to be reconstructed and a new base for it was brought from the ruined church of Gann in Lärbro. Owing to the fire no medieval fixtures have survived, but there are fragments of 15th century mural paintings (Passion master) and in the nave a unique ornamental wall decoration from the end of the 16th century. The baptismal font with the monogram of the Danish King Christian IV was originally made for the chapel of the castle Visborg and came to the church after the fire.

Photo Hans Hemlin

Text Dr. Bengt G Söderberg


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List of the churches in alphabetical order

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