The Churches of Gotland

LEVIDE

The church has a very strong connection with the early 13 th century Visby architecture and beyond that with Westphalian hall-churches. The apsidial choir was built already at the end of the 12th century and its portal reminds us of the north transept portal in St Mary's in Visby, and the three-aisled nave from the first half of the 1 3th century with its square pillars calls to mind such Visby churches as St Clemens and Trinity church (Drotten) in Visby. The eagles and faces of the south portal have been attributed to "Calcarius". The tower was erected in the mid-thirteenth century, an~ to that time belongs, too, the decoration of the choir arch. On the southern wall is a suite of saints painted by the "Passion master", beside the door he has depicted St Christopher carrying the infant Jesus over the river. Such a picture was often conspicuously placed in medieval churches, because everybody who had seen the image of St Christopher in the morning would not perish-through sudden death during the day (see Väte). The acanthus decoration of the apse was done in the 18th century.

Photo Hans Hemlin

Text Dr. Bengt G Söderberg


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