Alskog Church

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Alskog Church
Alskog Church

The Church of Alskog ( Swedish Alskogs kyrka ) is a country church on the Swedish island of Gotland . She belongs to the parish (Swedish församling ) Guard in the Diocese of Visby .


The church is located in the southeastern interior of Gotland on road 144 from Hemse to Ljugarn . It is located 40 km southeast of Visby , 19 km northeast of Hemse and 4.5 km west of Ljugarn.

Church building

The church is a saddle church . Originally there was a church on the site with a nave without vaults. The single-nave nave dates from the late 12th century. It was rebuilt in the late 13th century and provided with a vault. The tower in the west was added towards the end of the 13th century. Around 1300 a choir with a sacristy was added, which is larger than the nave. The construction of a larger nave was never carried out. The choir and nave still have original portals in the south, the tower has a portal in the west. The sculpture on the portal of the nave is attributed to Master Globus . The three interconnected windows in the east wall of the choir contain stained glass from the 14th century.

In 1964 and 1965 the church was renovated according to plans by the architect Karl Erik Hjalmarson.


Inside the church is a triumphal cross from the late 12th or early 13th century, which is believed to have come from an earlier church in the same location. The altar panel dates from 1759. The font from the early 13th century depicts scenes from the childhood of Jesus. The pulpit from 1586 is one of the oldest on Gotland.

The grave box (Swedish Gravkistan) is a rare form of burial that occurs from the 6th to the 12th century AD and disappears in the older form with Christianization. These monuments were found on Gotland in pagan cemeteries and in churches. The picture-rich stone SHM 5038 in Alskog kyrka is one of them.


The churchyard wall contains a well-preserved medieval portal in the east.


Web links

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Coordinates: 57 ° 19 ′ 53.2 "  N , 18 ° 37 ′ 38.4"  E