Endre Church

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Endre Church
Endre kyrka
Endre Church, external view
Endre Church is located in Gotland
Endre Church
Endre Church
Location on Gotland
57°36′37″N 18°27′55″E / 57.61026°N 18.46535°E / 57.61026; 18.46535Coordinates: 57°36′37″N 18°27′55″E / 57.61026°N 18.46535°E / 57.61026; 18.46535
Country Sweden
Denomination Church of Sweden
Diocese Visby

Endre Church (Swedish: Endre kyrka) is a medieval Lutheran church in Endre on the Swedish island of Gotland, in the Diocese of Visby. It was first built and consecrated as a Catholic church, but then taken for Lutheran worship at the reformation in the 16th century.

History and architecture[edit]

The presently visible church was preceded by an older, Romanesque church. Of this church, only the tower, built in the 12th century and heightened in the 14th, remains. A few stone sculptures have also been re-used in the later church, e.g. one sculpture depicting a dragon and another a lion. These are now immured in the southern façade of the church. The rest of the church dates from the 13th century (the choir and sacristy) and the early 14th (the nave).[1] The building material of the church is limestone.[2]

Apart from the aforementioned Romanesque sculptures, the exterior of the church is also adorned with sculpted portals, both Romanesque and Gothic in style.[1]

Internally, the church is decorated with frescos made by the artist known as the Master of the Passion of Christ in the middle of the 15th century. The frescos were uncovered during a renovation in 1915. The church also have several preserved stained glass window panes from the Middle Ages. The altarpiece is furthermore medieval, from the late 14th century, as is a preserved church tabernacle. The triumphal cross dates from circa 1300, and the baptismal font, possibly made by the artist Hegvald, is a Romanesque piece from the 12th century, richly decorated.[1]

The church lies in a cemetery that is surrounded by a low limestone wall, in which a medieval lychgate still survives.[3]



  1. ^ a b c Lagerlöf, Erland (1973). Lagerlöf, Erland, ed. Gotlands kyrkor (in Swedish). Uddevalla: Rabén & Sjögren. pp. 125–128. ISBN 9129410355. 
  2. ^ "Endre kyrka". Region Gotland. Retrieved 19 June 2014. 
  3. ^ "Endre kyrka". Church of Sweden. Retrieved 19 June 2014. 

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