The current Eke Church with its Romanesque nave and Gothic tower was predated by a stave church on the same location, fragments of which was found under the floor of the presently visible church in 1916. The stave church had been decorated with paintings in Byzantine style. The oldest part of the current building is the nave and choir, dating from the mid-13th century. The disproportionally massive tower was added in c. 1300. Later additions to the church include the vestry (19th century), and the enlargement of all original windows save one. The church is dominated by the massive tower. The tower has a Gothic portal while the nave has Romanesque portals, decorated with alternating red limestone and sandstone. The church was renovated in 1916 and 1969-1971.

Eke church is richly decorated with medieval frescos. The oldest (13th century) are found in the choir and depict imaginary animals, geometrical ornaments and foliage. The other frescos are from the middle of the 15th century and depict scenes from the Passion of Christ as well as other stories from the bible.

Among the church furnishings, the baptismal font by Master Sigraf, dating from the 12th century, deserves mention like a wooden Madonna from about 1500. The pews and the pulpit are from the 18th century.

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Founded: c. 1250
Category: Religious sites in Sweden
Historical period: Consolidation (Sweden)

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