Eke Church

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Eke Church
Eke kyrka
Eke Church, external view
Eke Church is located in Gotland
Eke Church
Eke Church
Location on Gotland
57°10′05″N 18°22′45″E / 57.1680°N 18.3791°E / 57.1680; 18.3791Coordinates: 57°10′05″N 18°22′45″E / 57.1680°N 18.3791°E / 57.1680; 18.3791
Country Sweden
Denomination Church of Sweden
Diocese Visby

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

History and architecture[edit]

The current church with its Romanesque nave and Gothic tower was predated by a stave church on the same location, fragments of which was found under the floor of the presently visible church in 1916. The stave church had been decorated with paintings in Byzantine style.[1]

The oldest part of the current building is the nave and choir, dating from the mid-13th century. The disproportionally massive tower was added circa 1300. Later additions to the church include the vestry (19th century), and the enlargement of all original windows save one.[1]

Externally, the church is dominated by the massive tower. The tower has a Gothic portal while the nave has Romanesque portals, decorated with alternating red limestone and grey-green sandstone.[1]

Internally, the church is richly decorated with medieval frescos. The oldest (13th century) are found in the choir and depict imaginary animals, geometrical ornaments and foliage. The other frescos are from the middle of the 15th century and depict scenes from the Passion of Christ as well as other stories from the bible.[1]

Among the church furnishings, the baptismal font by the Romanesque sculptor Sigraf, dating from the 12th century, deserves mention, as do a wooden Madonna from about 1500. The pews and the pulpit are from the 18th century.[1]

The church was renovated in 1916 and 1969-1971.[1]



  1. ^ a b c d e f Lagerlöf, Erland (1973). Lagerlöf, Erland, ed. Gotlands kyrkor (in Swedish). Uddevalla: Rabén & Sjögren. pp. 119–120. ISBN 9129410355. 

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