Fröjel Church

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Fröjel Church
Fröjels kyrka
Fröjel kyrka.JPG
Fröjel Church, external view
Fröjel Church is located in Gotland
Fröjel Church
Fröjel Church
Location on Gotland
57°20′08″N 18°11′23″E / 57.33556°N 18.18978°E / 57.33556; 18.18978Coordinates: 57°20′08″N 18°11′23″E / 57.33556°N 18.18978°E / 57.33556; 18.18978
CountrySweden
DenominationChurch of Sweden
Administration
DioceseVisby

Fröjel Church (Swedish: Fröjels kyrka) is a medieval Lutheran church in Fröjel on the Swedish island of Gotland. It is associated with the Diocese of Visby of the Church of Sweden. [1]

History and architecture[edit]

Medieval triumphal cross

The church was probably built not only as a house of worship but also a place of refuge in times of danger. The location on a high cliff by the sea is fortress-like, and close to the church lies the ruins of a defensive tower, dating from the Middle Ages. The church was built close to a pre-Christian maze or Troy Town (Trojaborg Labyrinth) indicating an ancient site. Southeast of the church there are remains of an ancient castle. [2] [3]

The church was constructed of limestone. The oldest parts of the church itself, the nave, dates from the late 12th century. The tower is somewhat later, while the large choir is from circa 1300, and in Gothic style rather than the Romanesque of the rest of the church. The intention was probably that the whole church should be rebuilt in Gothic style but for some reason only the choir was rebuilt.[4]

The interior of the church displays several medieval frescos, depicting dragons, deer, lions and griffins, as well as an angel and a bishop. The frescos date from the early 14th century.[5] The base of the baptismal font is made by the master sculptor Byzantios, while the upper part of the font is from the 14th century. There is also a large medieval triumphal cross in Fröjel church. Later additions to the inventory include the altarpiece and the pulpit, both from the 17th century.[4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Fröjels kyrka, Gotland". Kulturbilder. Retrieved December 1, 2018.
  2. ^ Enderborg, Bernt. "Fröjel kyrka, Gotland". guteinfo.com (in Swedish). Retrieved July 23, 2013.
  3. ^ "Trojaborg Labyrinth". labyrinthia.dk. Retrieved December 1, 2018.
  4. ^ a b Lagerlöf, Erland (1973). Lagerlöf, Erland, ed. Gotlands kyrkor (in Swedish). Uddevalla: Rabén & Sjögren. pp. 143–144. ISBN 9129410355.
  5. ^ Jonsson, Marita; Lindquist, Sven-Olof (1987). Vägen till kulturen på Gotland (in Swedish). Visby: Gotlands fornsal. p. 159. ISBN 91-971048-1-7.

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