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Rute Church

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Country  Sweden
Diocese  Diocese of Visby
Denomination  Church of Sweden
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Similar  Fleringe Church, Hangvar Church, Hall Church - Gotland, Boge Church, Lummelunda Church

Rute Church (Swedish: Rute kyrka) is a medieval Lutheran church in Rute on the Swedish island Gotland, in the Baltic Sea. It belongs to the Diocese of Visby.

History and architecture

The oldest part of the church is the choir, built c. 1230. The nave was built around ten years later, while the tower and the west portal were the last parts of the church to be built. The church was decorated with frescos inside during the late Middle Ages. These were executed by the artist known as the Master of the Passion of Christ and were rediscovered during a renovation in 1951.

The church ceiling is supported by square pillars, a solution not found in any other church on Gotland. Among the furnishings, several are medieval. The baptismal font dates from the mid-13th century, while the triumphal cross was made c. 1260. A decorated tombstone, carrying inscriptions with runes, was found during the 1951 renovation and dates from the 12th century. The altarpiece is made of sandstone and may originally have been placed in the church of Visborg Castle.


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