Kåfjord Church

Kåfjord Church (Norwegian: Kåfjord kirke) is a parish church of the Church of Norway in Gáivuotna–Kåfjord Municipality in Troms og Finnmark county, Norway. It is located in the village of Olderdalen. It is the church for the Kåfjord parish which is part of the Nord-Troms prosti (deanery) in the Diocese of Nord-Hålogaland. The red, wooden church was built in a long church style in 1949 using plans drawn up by the architect Kirsten Sand. The church seats about 250 people.[1][2]

Kåfjord Church
Kåfjord kirke
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View of the church
Coordinates: 69°36′06″N 20°32′49″E / 69.601602°N 20.546812°E / 69.601602; 20.546812
LocationGáivuotna–Kåfjord,
Troms og Finnmark
CountryNorway
DenominationChurch of Norway
ChurchmanshipEvangelical Lutheran
History
StatusParish church
Founded1722
Consecrated1949
Architecture
Functional statusActive
Architect(s)Kirsten Sand
Architectural typeLong church
Completed1949 (72 years ago) (1949)
Specifications
Capacity250
MaterialsWood
Administration
ParishKåfjord
DeaneryNord-Troms prosti
DioceseNord-Hålogaland
TypeChurch
StatusNot protected
ID84879

HistoryEdit

The first chapel building in Kåfjord was built in 1722 in connection with the Sami mission led by Thomas von Westen. It was known as the Finnekapellet. The chapel was about 7 to 8 metres (23 to 26 ft) long and it was used until around the year 1800. After that time, residents would travel to the Lyngen Church, about 15 kilometres (9.3 mi) down the fjord. It wasn't until 1949 when Kåfjord its first official church building. Kåfjord Church was built on the initiative of the inhabitants of the village of Olderdalen who collected funds and reused materials to build it. The church was renovated in 1989-1990.[1][3][4]

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ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b "Kåfjord kirke". Kirkesøk: Kirkebyggdatabasen. Retrieved 14 July 2018.
  2. ^ "Oversikt over Nåværende Kirker" (in Norwegian). KirkeKonsulenten.no. Retrieved 14 July 2018.
  3. ^ "Kåfjord kirke (Kåfjord Church)". Arkitekturguide for Nord-Norge og Svalbard. Retrieved 20 February 2021.
  4. ^ Trædal, Vidar (1 October 2008). "Kirkesteder og kirkebygninger i Troms og Finnmark før 1800" (PDF) (in Norwegian). Universitetet i Tromsø. Retrieved 20 February 2021.