Grunge Church (Norwegian: Grunge kyrkje) is a parish church of the Church of Norway in Vinje Municipality in Telemark county, Norway. It is located just outside the village of Grunge along the lake Tveitevatnet. It is the church for the Grungedal parish which is part of the Øvre Telemark prosti (deanery) in the Diocese of Agder og Telemark. The white, wooden church was built in a long church design in 1850 using plans drawn up by the architect Hans Linstow. The church seats about 132 people.[1][2]

Grunge Church
Grunge kyrkje
View of the church
59°43′23″N 7°41′49″E / 59.722983°N 7.696893°E / 59.722983; 7.696893
LocationVinje Municipality,
DenominationChurch of Norway
ChurchmanshipEvangelical Lutheran
StatusParish church
Functional statusActive
Architect(s)Hans Linstow
Architectural typeLong church
Completed1850 (174 years ago) (1850)
DioceseAgder og Telemark
DeaneryØvre Telemark prosti
StatusAutomatically protected

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Records from 1567 show that there was an old church just southeast of the village of Edland. The church fell into disrepair and eventually was closed and torn down because the parish couldn't afford to pay for a new church. The parish of Grungedal was then merged (back) into the main Vinje Church parish. In the 1840s, there became a need for a church in the western part of Vinje, so the old Grungedal parish was re-established. A site along the lake Tveitevatnet at Straumstøyl was chosen (a little further to the southeast of the medieval church site). Initially, the church was also known as Straumstøyl Church. Records show that the parish priest Anton Elias Smitt adapted Hans Linstow's architectural drawing a little from the original. The church was built by Saave Brufloti from Mo and was completed in the autumn of 1850. The church has a west tower with a church porch at the foot of the tower. It had no sacristy to begin with, but in 1958, an addition on the east side of the building was completed. This new wing included a sacristy and a church hall.[3][4]

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  1. ^ "Grunge kyrkje". Kirkesøk: Kirkebyggdatabasen. Retrieved 11 December 2022.
  2. ^ "Oversikt over Nåværende Kirker" (in Norwegian). Retrieved 11 December 2022.
  3. ^ "Grunge kyrkjestad" (in Norwegian). Norwegian Directorate for Cultural Heritage. Retrieved 11 December 2022.
  4. ^ "Grunge kirke". (in Norwegian). Retrieved 11 December 2022.