The Churches of Gotland


The rather well preserved "castal" is a watchtower and local stronghold from the 12th century. The church's exterior attracts the visitors attention chiefly through the magnificent nave portal, executed in the first half of the 14th century by a craftsman in the workshop of "Egypticus"; the capital sculptures belong to the famous ones on the island. The west part of the building, which now seems to be a tower, is in reality a remnant of the nave of an older church. The figure frieze in the portal shows the following scenes: the Lord admonishes Adam and Eve, the Fall of Man, the Expulsion from Paradise, the Fratricide of Cain, inspired by the grinning Devil, the Lord exiles Cain, who has put on a traveller's hat and a raincloak, Noah peeping out of the iron-fitted ark. In the beautiful interior the "Passion master" has decorated the northern wall of the nave. Note the festive rococo decorations on the panelwork in the west painted by Magnus Möller from Visby. A prominent work of art is the altar piece from the end of the 14th century.

Photo Hans Hemlin

Text Dr. Bengt G Söderberg


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