The Churches of Gotland


The church is a huge Egypticus-building, that- in the 14th century replaced an older Romanesque church, of which the tower partly survives. The church itself was even older, from the middle of the 12th century. Its principal portal has been preserved as north entrance to the present church-and very well preserved as far as the fine tympanum relief is concerned. It could have been transported here from the cathedral of Lund, and so could the flanking lions. The tympanum shows Christ enthroned and the story of Cain and Abel. Both lions, I suppose, were originally lying in front of the threshold, supporting columns with a baldachin-like arch. The sculptor was master "Majestatis". On the nave portal we meet again the special signature of master "Egypticus", the grinning troll masks. The interior breathes a solemn seriousness created by the weightiness and simplicity of the architecture. The cubistic masks of the eastern column capital bring to mind Egyptian Hathor-capitals-a good explanation of the master's pseudonym.

Photo Hans Hemlin

Text Dr. Bengt G Söderberg


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