History[ edit ] Öja Church is built in a place of ancient cultural traditions. The name, from the Swedish word ö, meaning island, indicates that the place was inhabited before the area became a part of mainland Gotland through the process of post-glacial reboundi.
The choir kungsholmen dating app its internal apse was built first, during the first half of the century. The nave was added after, at the end of the century, while the tower was added during the 14th century. The construction of the church indicates that the original plans did not include a separate tower, but rather a tower above the western end of the nave.
Scholars have concluded that the tower was built by a stonemason's workshop which is sometimes referred to by the notname Egypticuswhich was also active at e. Grötlingbo and Hablingo churches, located elsewhere on Gotland.
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The church also has three carved Gothic portals, of which the northern is the mostly richly decorated. Here are sculptures representing JesusMaryJohn the Evangelist and a peculiar sculpture of a saint lying down, interpreted as Saint Eligius.
The walls are decorated with murals dating from the 15th century, depicting the Passion of Christ and scenes from the childhood of Christ, made by the artist known as the Master of the Passion of Christ. In addition, purely dating sites i öja decoration from the 13th century adorns the vaultsand a few more unusual murals, probably made by an artist from Denmark or mainland Sweden, decorate the choir.
John the original sculptures are now in the Museum of Gotland in Visby.