The Churches of Gotland

HEJDE

The nave and the gallery tower were built simultaneously in the middle of the 13th century, while the Gothic chancel was erected as a beginning of a rebuilding of the whole church. The splendid portal has no direct counterpart among the many richly ornamented Gothic portals in Gotland but has certain connections with "Egypticus" and should therefore be dated to the 14th century. The vaults of the nave are sup ported by a mid column and ribbons rising from shafts in the corners, a very unusual construction in Gotland. The painted decoration of the vaults was made about 1300. The stained glass windows in light colours belong to a late part of the 14th century. The Holy Rood is a North-German work from the beginning of the 16th century. The baptismal font by the 12th century master "Byzantios" is very well preserved, possibly with some original paint.

Photo Hans Hemlin

Text Dr. Bengt G Söderberg


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