The current Fole church was preceded by a Romanesque stone church. Of this church, the tower remains and is thus the oldest part of Fole Church, dating from ca. 1200. The Romanesque church was gradually replaced with the current, more Gothic church. During the middle of the 13th century, the choir and about half of the nave were rebuilt, and a few decades later, the rest of the nave. The rebuilt church was inaugurated in 1280.

The church has remained relatively intact since. The sacristy was redecorated in 1707, and minor alterations to the interior have been made occasionally throughout the centuries.

The church exterior have both Gothic and Romanesque elements. The tower is in its entirety Romanesque, reminiscent of the tower of nearby Bro Church. A portal, originally the choir portal, has been re-used from the earlier Romanesque stone church and now functions as the sacristy portal. The nave and the choir are however Gothic. The church lacks an apse and has a straight eastern wall with three vertical windows. One of the walls is inscribed with runes made by the locals as a sort of permanent record about their right to use a road through part of Fole.

The interior of the church has been decorated with frescos, of which fragments remain. The church does however still contain several medieval items. The baptismal font dates from the early 13th century, with the upper part painted over during the 18th century. It contains on the upper part reliefs depicting the flight into Egypt and the apostles, and on the base sculpted heads and beasts. The church also has a triumphal cross from the middle of the 13th century (painted over in the 1840s), and contains several medieval tombstones. Other furnishings are later, including the Neo-Gothic gallery (1870s), one of only a few such pieces on Gotland.



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648, Fole, Sweden
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Founded: c. 1200
Category: Religious sites in Sweden
Historical period: Consolidation (Sweden)

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Gaby Åhnström (12 months ago)
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Piter Pan (3 years ago)
The church is erected by limestone, which was left unpowered on the tower. It consists of straight-ended cows with sacristy in the north, higher and wider long houses and towers in the west, whose walls do not reach the long roof roof of the longhouse. Entrances are in the longhouse and the choir to the south and to the tower to the west. The oldest part of the church is the tower, which was erected about 1200 next to a slightly older walled church with absid, from which, among other things, foundation walls were preserved. In the middle of the 13th century, the absurd choir was replaced by the current choir and the eastern part of the longhouse up to the unusually distinct joint on the longhouse walls. The completion of the longhouse to the west may perhaps be linked to a recorded inauguration year 1280. The church has architecturally rich well-balanced portals; a romance in the tower, Gothic with triangular gable crowns in the south facade. The windows to the south and the three-window group to the east are original, as are the column-screened soundtracks of the tower. The church's interior exhibits a strict architecture, with carved stone in all arches and scopes. The whole church is arched. The six arches of the two-storey longhouse are carried by two columns. A wide triumphal arch opens to the light choir. The ring chamber opens to the longhouse with connected arches, supported by a narrow column net. In the southwestern corner of the ring chamber, an original spiral staircase in the wall starts up to the upper floor. In the northern wall of the choir is an older portal, probably from the oldest church, reused as a sacristy entrance. The western part of the longhouse is occupied by a statue from 1870, one of the few neo-Gothic statues preserved in Gotland. In the triumphal arch hangs a triumphal crucifix from the middle of the 13th century. The crucifix was over-painted in the 19th century. The baptismal font is carved in limestone around 1200. The font has images in high relief that were painted in juicy colors in 1707. The altar essay was painted by Johan Bartsch in 1654. The pulpit with sound roof was manufactured in 1751 by Johan Hernell. The bench interior is from the first part of the 18th century. Organ In 1873 Åkerman & Lund, Stockholm, built a mechanical organ. (Wikipedia text)
Bo Norrby (3 years ago)
My birthplace church is close to me
Karl Högvall (4 years ago)
En mysig och fin Gotlands kyrka. Med trevliga trä bänkar som man kan sitta på och ta det lite lugnt när man ser på alla målningar på vägen.
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