Hogrän Church

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Hogrän Church
Hogrän kyrka
Hogrän Church, external view
Hogrän Church is located in Gotland
Hogrän Church
Hogrän Church
Location on Gotland
57°30′16″N 18°18′28″E / 57.50457°N 18.30783°E / 57.50457; 18.30783Coordinates: 57°30′16″N 18°18′28″E / 57.50457°N 18.30783°E / 57.50457; 18.30783
Country Sweden
Denomination Church of Sweden
Diocese Visby

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

History and architecture[edit]

Hogrän Church consists of a Romanesque tower and a Gothic nave and choir. The tower thus is the oldest part of the church, dating from circa 1200. Attached to it was originally an earlier stone church, also Romanesque in style and erected during the 12th century. During the 14th century, it was however replaced by the presently visible Gothic nave and choir. A few details from this earlier church, such as a few sculpted reliefs and a Romanesque window-frame, have been incorporated in the Gothic church.[1]

The interior of the church is characterised by the broad width of the nave (10 metres (33 ft)). The church contains a number of medieval items. The triumphal cross is one of the oldest wooden sculptures from Gotland, dating from the 12th century. The finely carved doors of the tabernacle are from the early 15th century, and the door of the sacristy is likewise medieval. The baptismal font, probably a work by the craftsman or workshop known as Master Byzantios, is from the late 12th century. Of later date are the altarpiece (1634), the pulpit (1637) and the choir stalls (17th century but with incorporated medieval elements).[1]

The church was renovated in 1953-54.[1]


  1. ^ a b c Lagerlöf, Erland (1973). Lagerlöf, Erland, ed. Gotlands kyrkor (in Swedish). Uddevalla: Rabén & Sjögren. pp. 182–183. ISBN 9129410355. 

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