Ganthem Church

Ganthem, Sweden

Ganthem church is a well-preserved Romanesque church, finished in the middle of the 13th century. The choir with its apse is the oldest part, dating from the late 12th century. The nave is slightly later, from the beginning of the 13th century while the tower is the most recent addition. Apart from an enlargement of the windows made in the 19th century, and the addition of a sacristy in the 1930s, the church has remained unchanged since the 13th century.

The interior of the church is decorated with frescos from the 15th century. On the northern wall, a set of paintings depict the Passion of Christ. This set is unusual inasmuch as it has never been painted over, and has retained much of its original vibrancy. On the southern wall, another set of frescos depicts other religious motifs.

The church still contains a number of medieval items. The baptismal font is from the latter half of the 14th century and has been ascribed to the artist Hegvald. The triumphal cross is from circa 1200 and unusually well-preserved. The altarpiece is furthermore a copy of the original, 14th-century altarpiece now belonging to the Swedish History Museum.



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

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Claes-Göran Nilsson (17 months ago)
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Piter Pan (3 years ago)
Kyrkobyggnaden Kyrkan är murad av natursten och består av långhus med lägre, smalare absidkor i öster, kyrktorn i väster samt sakristia i norr. Kyrkan härstammar till största delen från romansk tid. De äldsta murarna återfinns i absidkoret, som härstammar från 1100-talets senare hälft. Under 1200-talets förra hälft tillkom det tvåskeppiga långhuset och tornet; långhusets östgavel byggdes väster om korets västvägg, på så vis tillkom den dubbla triumfbågen. Sakristian tillfogades 1930. Exteriören präglas av det höga tornet med kolonettförsedda ljudgluggar i två våningar samt åttkantig tornspira. Kyrkan har rundbågiga fönsteröppningar på södra sidan, varav det västra (ovanför sydportalen) är ursprungligt. Rundbågeportaler finns i tornets västmur och i långhusets respektive korets sydmur. Kyrkorummet täcks av fyra kryssvalv, uppburna av en mittkolonn. En så kallad ljudkruka finns inmurad i korvalvets topp. Kalkmålningar från 1400-talet pryder långhusets väggar. Passionsfrisen på norra sidan har aldrig varit överkalkad, vilket är ovanligt; övriga målningar framtogs 1967. Senare tiders åtgärder innefattar ny bänkinredning och läktare (nu borttagen) 1882, samt restaurering 1966 - 1967 efter förslag av domkyrkoarkitekten Eiler Græbe. Passionsfris från 1400-talet i Ganthems kyrka Dopfunten är från 1100-talet och tillhör den så kallade Hegvaldsgruppen. Triumfkrucifixet i romansk stil är från omkring år 1200. Altartavlan tillkom 1901 och är en kopia av en altartavla från 1300-talet som såldes till Historiska museet. Predikstolen tillkom 1655. Orgeln byggdes 1967 av Grönlunds Orgelbyggeri i Gammelstad. Orgeln är mekanisk och alla manualstämmor är delade. I kyrkan använde man tidigare ett harmonium. (Wikipedias text)
Piter Pan (3 years ago)
The church building The church is built of natural stone and consists of a nave with lower, narrower apse choirs in the east, church towers in the west and a sacristy in the north. The church dates for the most part from Romanesque times. The oldest walls are found in the apse choir, which dates from the second half of the 12th century. During the first half of the 13th century, the two-nave nave and tower were added; the east gable of the nave was built west of the west wall of the chancel, thus adding the double triumphal arch. The sacristy was added in 1930. The exterior is characterized by the high tower with colonial sound windows on two floors and an octagonal spire. The church has round arched window openings on the south side, of which the west (above the south portal) is original. Round arch portals are found in the west wall of the tower and in the south wall of the nave and chancel, respectively. The church room is covered by four cross vaults, supported by a central column. A so-called sound pot is walled in at the top of the choir vault. Lime paintings from the 15th century adorn the walls of the nave. The passion frieze on the north side has never been whitewashed, which is unusual; other paintings were produced in 1967. Recent measures include new bench furnishings and stands (now removed) in 1882, as well as restoration 1966 - 1967 following a proposal by the cathedral architect Eiler Græbe. Passion frieze from the 15th century in Ganthem's church The baptismal font is from the 12th century and belongs to the so-called Hegvaldsgruppen. The triumphal crucifix in Romanesque style dates from around the year 1200. The altarpiece was added in 1901 and is a copy of an altarpiece from the 14th century that was sold to the Historical Museum. The pulpit was added in 1655. The organ was built in 1967 by Grönlunds Orgelbyggeri in Gammelstad. The organ is mechanical and all manual parts are divided. The church used to have a harmonium. (Wikipedia text)
Jörgen Pettersson (3 years ago)
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