Kvinnherad Church

Kvinnherad Church (Norwegian: Kvinnherad kyrkje) is a parish church of the Church of Norway in Kvinnherad Municipality in Vestland county, Norway. It is located in the village of Rosendal. It is the church for the Rosendal parish which is part of the Sunnhordland prosti (deanery) in the Diocese of Bjørgvin. The white, stone church was built in a long church design in the mid-1200s using plans drawn up by an unknown architect. The church seats about 380 people.[1][2]

Kvinnherad Church
Kvinnherad kyrkje
View of the church
59°59′23″N 6°00′24″E / 59.98979880238°N 6.0067368149429°E / 59.98979880238; 6.0067368149429Coordinates: 59°59′23″N 6°00′24″E / 59.98979880238°N 6.0067368149429°E / 59.98979880238; 6.0067368149429
LocationKvinnherad, Vestland
DenominationChurch of Norway
Previous denominationCatholic Church
ChurchmanshipEvangelical Lutheran
StatusParish church
Founded12th century
Consecratedc. 1275
Functional statusActive
Architectural typeLong church
Completedc. 1275
(747 years ago)
DioceseBjørgvin bispedømme
DeanerySunnhordland prosti
StatusAutomatically protected


The earliest existing historical records of the church date back to the year 1306, but it was not new at that time. The first church at Kvinnherad, was possibly a wooden post church that was built in the 12th century. During the middle to late 13th century, the wooden church was torn down and a new stone church was built to replace it. In 1678, the church became part of the newly established Barony Rosendal, where many of the Rosenkrantz family are buried.[3][4][5]

In 1814, this church served as an election church (Norwegian: valgkirke).[6][7] Together with more than 300 other parish churches across Norway, it was a polling station for elections to the 1814 Norwegian Constituent Assembly which wrote the Constitution of Norway. This was Norway's first national elections. Each church parish was a constituency that elected people called "electors" who later met together in each county to elect the representatives for the assembly that was to meet in Eidsvoll later that year.[6][8]

In 1910, the church was sold to the municipality. The building has been renovated and refurbished many times over the centuries, the most recent times were in 1913-1914 and in 1955.[5]

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  1. ^ "Kvinnherad kyrkje". Kirkesøk: Kirkebyggdatabasen. Retrieved 2 June 2020.
  2. ^ "Oversikt over Nåværende Kirker" (in Norwegian). KirkeKonsulenten.no. Retrieved 2 June 2020.
  3. ^ "Kvinnherad kyrkje" (in Norwegian). Kvinnherad kyrkjelege fellesråd. Retrieved 30 March 2015.
  4. ^ "Kvinnherad kyrkjestad" (in Norwegian). Norwegian Directorate for Cultural Heritage. Retrieved 3 June 2020.
  5. ^ a b Lidén, Hans-Emil. "Kvinnherad kirke" (in Norwegian). Norges Kirker. Retrieved 20 November 2021.
  6. ^ a b "Valgkirkene". LokalHistorieWiki.no (in Norwegian). Retrieved 20 November 2021.
  7. ^ "Valgkartet". Valgene i 1814 (in Norwegian). Arkivverket. Archived from the original on 24 June 2021. Retrieved 20 November 2021.
  8. ^ "Om valgene". Valgene i 1814 (in Norwegian). Arkivverket. Retrieved 20 November 2021.