Linde Church is a homogeneous Romanesque church. Construction of the presently visible church started in the late 12th century and was finished in the early 13th century. A single, large Gothic window was inserted in the eastern wall in the 14th century.

The external nave and choir portals are both decorated with Romanesque sculptures. Inside, the church is decorated with frescos. On the northern wall is a set of paintings depicting the Passion of Christ, dating from the 15th century. On the western wall is another set, also from the 15th century, depicting women being harassed by devils. Among the church furnishings, the altarpiece from 1521 is especially noteworthy. It depicts God the Father with Christ, with Saint Giles and Saint Olaf on each side of them. Additionally, the doors of the altarpiece contain sculptures of the apostles, Saint Canute, Saint Eric and Saint Bridget. The church furthermore contains a copy of a triumphal cross today kept in the Swedish History Museum. The original dates from the end of the 12th century. The church furthermore rather unusually contains two baptismal fonts. Both are probably from the 12th century, and one may be a work by the stonemason Hegvald.

South-west of the church lie the ruins of a medieval house, probably the former parsonage.

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

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Gustaf Sjögren (8 months ago)
Unique wall drawings. You can find devils portrayed on the left side of the church wall. As well as viking longboats and runes in the back of the church.
Piter Pan (4 years ago)
Linde romanska 1200-talskyrka påminner till det yttre om Levide kyrka eller Hangvars och Halls kyrkor i samma stift. Det är lätt att tro att kyrkan uppförts av grå kalksten i enhetligt sammanhang. Istället har det skett etappvis. Allra först vid slutet av 1100-talet eller början av 1200 byggdes kor och absid. Cirka fyra decennier senare uppfördes långhuset, vars kryssvalv bärs upp av en mittpelare. Vid mitten av 1200-talet tillkom slutligen tornet. Under 1300-talet försågs absiden med ett fönster i gotik. Triumfbågen vidgades och fick en spetsig utformning. Medeltida kalkmålningar pryder interiören. Här, liksom i flera andra gotländsk kyrkor, har den flitige 1400-talskyrkomålaren Passionsmästaren varit verksam med sin bildsvit ur Kristi lidandes historia. I tornkammaren och långhuset finns målningar från 1300-talet av apostlar, var och en i ädikula. (Wikipedias text)
Piter Pan (4 years ago)
Linde Romanesque 13th century church is reminiscent on the outside of Levide church or Hangvars and Hall's churches in the same diocese. It is easy to believe that the church was built of gray limestone in a unified context. Instead, it has happened in stages. It was not until the end of the 12th century or the beginning of 1200 that cows and apse were built. About four decades later, the nave was built, whose cross vault is supported by a central pillar. By the middle of the 13th century, the tower was finally added. During the 14th century, the apse was provided with a Gothic window. The triumphal arch was widened and given a pointed design. Medieval frescoes adorn the interior. Here, as in several other Gotland churches, the diligent 15th century church painter Passionsmästaren has been active with his picture suite from the history of Christ's suffering. In the tower chamber and the nave there are paintings from the 14th century by apostles, each in an adicula. (Wikipedia text)
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