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Övraby Church
Medieval Christian art in Sweden. Copyright Lars-Olof Albertson
Medieval diocese: Lund
Province: Skåne
Municipality: Tomelilla
Constructed
12th century
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Övraby Church is situated in the southeast part of Skåne, not far from Ystad. Övraby church was constructed in the middle of the 12th century which makes it to one of the oldest stone church in Skåne. The church is built in the Romanesque style, with an apse, chancel and nave. In the 15th century the church was extended with a porch and vaulted. The chancel was decorated with Romanesque paintings. Only the paintings in the apse remains. The motifs are Majestas Domini (Christ in glory), the symbols of the four evangelists, row of saints and apostles and in the borders prophets. Like the symbols of the evangelists in Vä Church they all have six wings. The paintings in the apse has been painted over twice - in the late Gothic period and during the Renaissance. Above the vaults of the north wall of the nave the upper part of St. Christopher is exposed.
The paintings were discovered in 1903 and heavily restored in 1909.

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