Hogrän Church

Visby, Sweden

Hogrän Church consists of a Romanesque tower and a Gothic nave and choir. The tower thus is the oldest part of the church, dating from circa 1200. Attached to it was originally an earlier stone church, also Romanesque in style and erected during the 12th century. During the 14th century, it was however replaced by the presently visible Gothic nave and choir. A few details from this earlier church, such as a few sculpted reliefs and a Romanesque window-frame, have been incorporated in the Gothic church.

The interior of the church is characterised by the broad width of the nave (10 metres). The church contains a number of medieval items. The triumphal cross is one of the oldest wooden sculptures from Gotland, dating from the 12th century. The finely carved doors of the tabernacle are from the early 15th century, and the door of the sacristy is likewise medieval. The baptismal font, probably a work by the craftsman or workshop known as Master Byzantios, is from the late 12th century. Of later date are the altarpiece (1634), the pulpit (1637) and the choir stalls (17th century but with incorporated medieval elements).

References:

Comments

Your name



Address

Hogrän Skola 137, Visby, Sweden
See all sites in Visby

Details

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

More Information

en.wikipedia.org

Rating

4/5 (based on Google user reviews)

User Reviews

Karl Högvall (4 years ago)
En fin och trevlig gotländsk kyrka.
Powered by Google

Featured Historic Landmarks, Sites & Buildings

Historic Site of the week

Caerleon Roman Amphitheatre

Built around AD 90 to entertain the legionaries stationed at the fort of Caerleon (Isca), the impressive amphitheatre was the Roman equivalent of today’s multiplex cinema. Wooden benches provided seating for up to 6,000 spectators, who would gather to watch bloodthirsty displays featuring gladiatorial combat and exotic wild animals.

Long after the Romans left, the amphitheatre took on a new life in Arthurian legend. Geoffrey of Monmouth, the somewhat imaginative 12th-century scholar, wrote in his History of the Kings of Britain that Arthur was crowned in Caerleon and that the ruined amphitheatre was actually the remains of King Arthur’s Round Table.

Today it is the most complete Roman amphitheatre in Britain.