Bunge Church

Fårösund, Sweden

The tower of Bunge Church was originally built for defensive purposes as part of the older church. The present nave and choir were built around 1300. The interior is richly decorated with murals, dating from from the end of 14th century. These magnificent paintings were made probably by Baltic master, who arrived to Gotland with Teutonic Order.

The baptismal font and limestone almsbox (with rune inscription: ”Lafrans made this stone”) date from the 13th century. The altarpiece was made in 1689 and pulpit in 1702. The high churchyard wall (with loopholes) was part of the original defence wall.

  • Marianne Mehling et al. Knaurs Kulturführer in Farbe. Schweden. München 1987.


Your name


Founded: 13th century
Category: Religious sites in Sweden
Historical period: Consolidation (Sweden)


4.2/5 (based on Google user reviews)

User Reviews

Nancy Gupta Sharma (11 months ago)
Lovely church with good atmosphere and surroundings
Karlīna Jansone (2 years ago)
Lovely, beautiful and still in action. The atmosphere of the island is in the air. Unusual design, laconic white walls with decorations and interesting wooden artworks about historical events. Also, a really unusual and authentic altar art piece. Church services taking place, the pastor and his lady are very nice. A place to get the peace of mind ?
april evans (2 years ago)
It's a really nice church to see. Doors were locked but I peaked in the windows. Enjoyed the cemetery.
Ben Angel (3 years ago)
A nice church to stop at during our day of cycling. Peaceful inside and out. There's also a small shop just outside the church.
Valdor Malmborg (6 years ago)
Fin ljus kyrka
Powered by Google

Featured Historic Landmarks, Sites & Buildings

Historic Site of the week

Hohenwerfen Castle

Hohenwerfen Castle stands high above the Austrian town of Werfen in the Salzach valley. The castle is surrounded by the Berchtesgaden Alps and the adjacent Tennengebirge mountain range. The fortification is a 'sister' of Hohensalzburg Castle both dated from the 11th century.

The former fortification was built between 1075 and 1078 during the Imperial Investiture Controversy by the order of Archbishop Gebhard of Salzburg as a strategic bulwark. Gebhard, an ally of Pope Gregory VII and the anti-king Rudolf of Rheinfelden, had three major castles extended to secure the Salzburg archbishopric against the forces of King Henry IV: Hohenwerfen, Hohensalzburg and Petersberg Castle at Friesach in Carinthia.