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Örberga Church
Medieval Christian art in Sweden. Copyright Lars-Olof Albertson
Medieval diocese: Linköping
Province: Östergötland
Municipality: Vadstena
Constructed
12th century
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Description
The oldest parts of the church is the tower and the nave, which was constructed in the beginning of the 12th century as a Romanesque church. The cross formed choir is from the middle of the 13th century and build in Gothic style.
The tower with its two semi circular stair wells is unique and is the only one in Sweden beside Husaby Church in Västergötland.
In the beginning of the 15th century the church was vaulted and painted by the Risinge master. In the west vault are paintings from a later period painted by an unknown master at end of the 15th century.
The walls and vaults were white washed in the 18th century. In connection with a restoration in 1885 the paintings in the middle vault was uncovered and restored and repainted. In 1952-1953 the rest of the paintings were uncovered but not repainted.


Bibliography
Ann Catherine Bonnier, Marian Ullén, Örberga kyrka 1998
Åke Nisbeth, Ordet som bild. Östgötskt kalkmåleri vid slutet av 1300-talet och början av 1400-talet. Stockholm 1995