The Churches of Gotland

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The fundaments of a 12th century church have been found under the floor. To this church the present tower was added at the beginning of the 13th century. Nave and choir were homogeneously built about the middle of the 14th century. At the same time the chancel wall was decorated with figure paintings (perhaps by the master of the Stenkumla apostles), and the retable on the high altar and both the Madonna in the niche in the choir wall and the St Olav in the north-eastern corner of the nave were made. The bride-bench is a medieval lathe-work. The font is a work of a follower of "Byzantios" from the end of the 12th century, and to the same period belongs the tombstone at the northern side of the tower arch; it shows a picture of the deceased together with St Bartholomew.

Photo Hans Hemlin

Text Dr. Bengt G Söderberg


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