Väte Church

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Väte Church
Väte kyrka
Väte kyrka Gotland.jpg
Väte Church, external view
Väte Church is located in Gotland
Väte Church
Väte Church
Location on Gotland
57°26′57″N 18°21′51″E / 57.44906°N 18.36403°E / 57.44906; 18.36403Coordinates: 57°26′57″N 18°21′51″E / 57.44906°N 18.36403°E / 57.44906; 18.36403
Country Sweden
Denomination Church of Sweden
Diocese Visby

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

History and architecture[edit]

Väte Church was built during the 14th century. The choir and sacristy are the oldest parts of the church, from circa 1300, while the nave dates from the middle of the 14th century. A tower was planned but never built. The presently visible church probably replaced an earlier, Romanesque church, of which several remains have been incorporated with the presently visible, mostly Gothic church. No major alterations have been made to Väte Church since the Middle Ages. The church spire was constructed in 1914, and the church has undergone restorative works three times during the 20th century: in 1927-28, 1956 and 1965.[1]

The church is built of limestone. The exterior is partially decorated with Romanesque sculpture (the northern portal, decorative reliefs and window dressings), and has two Gothic southern portals with finely sculpted capitals. Inside, the church is decorated with frescos. One set dates from the 14th century, another by the so-called Master of the Passion of Christ from the 15th century and a third by the so-called Master of 1520 (similar to frescos in Alva and Lau churches).


  1. ^ "Väte kyrka". www.gotland.se (in Swedish). Region Gotland. Retrieved 3 January 2015. 

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