Flåm Church (Norwegian: Flåm kyrkje) is a parish church of the Church of Norway in Aurland Municipality in Vestland county, Norway. It is located in the village of Flåm. It is the church for the Flåm parish which is part of the Sogn prosti (deanery) in the Diocese of Bjørgvin. The brown, wooden church was built in a long church design in 1670 by master builder Magne Essen using designs by an unknown architect. The church seats about 160 people.[1][2]

Flåm Church
Flåm kyrkje
View of the church
60°50′16″N 7°07′17″E / 60.8376730862°N 7.1214384734°E / 60.8376730862; 7.1214384734
LocationFlåm, Aurland Municipality,
DenominationChurch of Norway
Previous denominationCatholic Church
ChurchmanshipEvangelical Lutheran
StatusParish church
Founded13th century
Functional statusActive
Architectural typeLong church
Completed1670 (354 years ago) (1670)
DioceseBjørgvin bispedømme
DeanerySogn prosti
StatusAutomatically protected

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The earliest existing historical records of the church date back to the year 1340, but the church was not new that year. The first church in Flåm was likely a wooden stave church that was located on the same site as the present-day church. By 1661, the church was described as being in miserable condition. The parish hired master builder Magne Essen to tear down the old stave church and to build a new one on the same site, reusing as much of the old materials as possible. The builder, however, did not do that. He built a new church about 2 kilometres (1.2 mi) to the north in Fretheim, and he did not tear down the old church. Unfortunately, the new church was significantly damaged in a wind storm the following year in 1669. So then, in 1670, both churches (the medieval stave church and the new church) were torn down and the materials from the two churches were reused in the building of a new church on the site of the old stave church. The new church was a wooden long church with a rectangular nave that measured about 8.7 by 7.2 metres (29 ft × 24 ft) and a smaller, square chancel that measured about 5.4 by 5.4 metres (18 ft × 18 ft). There is a tower above the west end of the nave and then a small church porch on the west end of the building that measured about 3 by 3 metres (9.8 ft × 9.8 ft). In 1926, the tower and church porch were both rebuilt and the exterior siding was painted a dark brown.[3][4][5][6]

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  1. ^ "Flåm kyrkje". Kirkesøk: Kirkebyggdatabasen. Retrieved 17 January 2020.
  2. ^ "Oversikt over Nåværende Kirker" (in Norwegian). KirkeKonsulenten.no. Retrieved 17 January 2020.
  3. ^ Djupedal, Torkjell; Vengen, Sigurd; Gjerde, Anders. "Flåm kyrkje" (in Norwegian). Fylkesarkivet. Retrieved 17 January 2020.
  4. ^ "Flåm kyrkjestad". Kulturminnesøk (in Norwegian). Norwegian Directorate for Cultural Heritage. Retrieved 17 January 2020.
  5. ^ Hoff, Anne Marta. "Flåm kirke" (in Norwegian). Norges Kirker. Retrieved 28 September 2021.
  6. ^ "Flåm kirke". Norges-Kirker.no (in Norwegian). 30 October 2016. Retrieved 28 September 2021.