Ventlinge Church

Degerhamn, Sweden

Ventlinge Church, dedicated to St. Lawrence, was built during the first half of the 1100's. It began as a towerless vestibule church of Romanesque style. Around the year 1200, a defensive tower entirely on its own grounds was added. Above the staircase entrance in the porch is a throw shaft straight up through the wall. Church defenders could also stand on the tower’s second floor and throw stones at unwelcome visitors. In 1812, the church was repaired and rebuilt so its medieval character was lost. The lantern was added to the tower in 1825.

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Founded: 12th century
Category: Religious sites in Sweden
Historical period: Consolidation (Sweden)

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