Sjonhem Church

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Sjonhem Church
Sjonhems kyrka
Igrexa de Sjonhem.jpg
Sjonhem Church, view of the south facade
Sjonhem Church is located in Gotland
Sjonhem Church
Sjonhem Church
57°29′08″N 18°31′14″E / 57.48556°N 18.52056°E / 57.48556; 18.52056Coordinates: 57°29′08″N 18°31′14″E / 57.48556°N 18.52056°E / 57.48556; 18.52056
Country Sweden
Denomination Church of Sweden
Administration
Diocese Visby

Sjonhem Church (Swedish: Sjonhems kyrka) is a medieval Lutheran church on the island of Gotland, Sweden. It belongs to the Diocese of Visby.

History and architecture[edit]

The oldest part of the current church is the tower, which was built in the 13th century. Originally it was attached to a much smaller, Romanesque church. The choir and nave was however torn down and replaced with the current structure during the middle of the 13th century. Inside, church frescos decorate the vaults; these also date from the 13th century. Also probably original are some stained glass windows. A crucifix on the altar is somewhat later, dating from the 14th century. The baptismal font is however considerably older, dating from the 12th century and thus older than the church itself. It was made by the stonemason known as Hegvald. The church has been largely unaltered since the Middle Ages; the greatest change occurred in 1818 when the sacristy was built.[1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Jacobsson, Britta; Johansson, Eva; Johansson, Per; Andersson, Rolf (1990). Våra kyrkor (in Swedish). Västervik: Klarkullens förlag AB. p. 687. ISBN 91-971561-08. 

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