Ganthem Church

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Ganthem Church
Ganthem kyrka
Ganthem Church, external view
Ganthem Church is located in Gotland
Ganthem Church
Ganthem Church
57°30′52″N 18°35′54″E / 57.51444°N 18.59833°E / 57.51444; 18.59833
Country Sweden
Denomination Church of Sweden
Diocese Visby

Ganthem Church (Swedish: Ganthems kyrka) is a medieval Lutheran church in Ganthem on the island of Gotland, in the Diocese of Visby (Sweden).

History and architecture[edit]

Medieval fresco in Ganthem Church

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.[1]

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.[1]

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.[1]


  1. ^ a b c Lagerlöf, Erland, ed. (1973). Gotlands kyrkor (in Swedish). Uddevalla: Rabén & Sjögren. pp. 147–148. ISBN 9129410355. 

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Coordinates: 57°30′52″N 18°35′54″E / 57.51444°N 18.59833°E / 57.51444; 18.59833