The Church of Mary’s Annunciation is not only an architectural masterpiece; it has a variety of multilayered paintings as well. At the entrance façade there are several fragments from the Passion of Christ. The workshop from Friuli followed the painter Giotto's style in the late 14th century. A magnificent image of the Holy Sunday from the workshop of Janez of Ljubljana dating from 1460 is severely damaged. Around the suffering Christ, different acts prohibited on the Sabbath are arranged, including selling. Facing the village is a depiction of the giant St. Christopher, repainted several times, who is wading across the river with Christ on his shoulder. One of the layers was the work of the master Bolfgangus.
Older fragments of paintings from the beginning of the 14th century on the north inner wall are interesting for experts, as an image of the angel from the proclamation can be seen there. One of the most excellent Gothic frescoes in Slovenia is the work of Master Bolfgangus, dating from 1453. In the north aisle there are scenes from Christ's birth in the genre of St. Joseph, as well as several lovely saints and Volfgang with an inscription in Latin. The image of the crucifixion in cogged style, which originated from before Bolfgangus' masterpiece, is severely damaged. The loft has a decorative painting between the vaulted ribs. The main golden altar is one of the richest 17th century altars in our territory. It was made by the carver Julij Skarnos along with collaborators (1652). The side altars are in luxurious Baroque style, most of all the altar of St. Martin (1680). The wooden choir benches are from the second half of the 17th century. A special feature is a rustic chest that serves as the new altar. Gold-plated, Gothic statues redone in Baroque style stand at the individual side altars, the most famous of which are the statues of St. Agnes and St. Ursula (1510, 1515).
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First record of Kastelholma (or Kastelholm) castle is from the year 1388 in the contract of Queen Margaret I of Denmark, where a large portion of the inheritance of Bo Jonsson Grip was given to the queen. The heyday of the castle was in the 15th and 16th centuries when it was administrated by Danish and Swedish kings and stewards of the realms. Kastelhoma was expanded and enhanced several times.
In the end of 16th century castle was owned by the previous queen Catherine Jagellon (Stenbock), an enemy of the King of Sweden Eric XIV. King Eric conquered Kastelholma in 1599 and all defending officers were taken to Turku and executed. The castle was damaged under the siege and it took 30 years to renovate it.
In 1634 Åland was joined with the County of Åbo and Björneborg and Kastelholma lost its administrative status.