Hejde Church is a medieval Lutheran church in Hejde on the island of Gotland. The church tower and the nave are the oldest parts of Hejde Church, dating from the middle of the 13th century. The choir is about a century later and replaced an earlier and smaller Romanesque choir. Plans to also enlarge the nave and tower were never executed. The sacristy dates from 1795.

The church has two decorated entrance portals on the south façade. Of these, the choir portal is considered one of the most peculiar on Gotland. The church tower is decorated with side galleries to the south and north, and has two openings for the church bells, each divided by colonnettes, on every side. Internally, the church roof is supported by rib vaults, which is unusual for churches on Gotland. Frescos from the 13th and 14th century decorate the walls, and in the windows medieval stained glass has been preserved (probably dating from the second half of the 14th century).

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

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