Björke Church

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Björke Church
Björke kyrka
Bjorke kyrka Gotland Sverige 2.jpg
Björke Church, external view
Björke Church is located in Gotland
Björke Church
Björke Church
Location on Gotland
57°30′27″N 18°25′17″E / 57.5074°N 18.4214°E / 57.5074; 18.4214Coordinates: 57°30′27″N 18°25′17″E / 57.5074°N 18.4214°E / 57.5074; 18.4214
Country Sweden
Denomination Church of Sweden
Diocese Visby

Björke Church (Swedish: Björke kyrka) is a medieval Lutheran church in Björke on the Swedish island of Gotland, in the Diocese of Visby.

The nave is the oldest part of Björke Church, dating from the mid-13th century. The choir dates from the middle of the 14th century and replaced an earlier choir, half the size of the present one.[1] A church tower was never built.[2] The sacristy is the latest external addition to the church; it dates from 1860.[1]

Internally, the church ceiling is supported by six vaults – two in the choir and four, resting on a central column, in the nave. Among the furnishings, the crucifix dates from 1160 and the pulpit from 1594; it is one of the oldest on Gotland. Of later date are the altarpiece (1911) and the votive ship, donated to the church in 2004.[1][2]

The church underwent a renovation in 1910–12.[1]


  1. ^ a b c d "Björke kyrka" (in Swedish). Region Gotland. Retrieved 10 September 2014.
  2. ^ a b "Björke kyrka" (in Swedish). Church of Sweden. Retrieved 10 September 2014.

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