Rotsund Chapel

Rotsund Chapel (Norwegian: Rotsund kapell) is a parish church of the Church of Norway in Nordreisa Municipality in Troms og Finnmark county, Norway. It is located in the village of Rotsund. It is one of the two churches for the Nordreisa 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 1932. The building cost a total of 40,200 kr and it was designed by the Oslo architect Harald Sund. The church seats about 240 people.[1][2]

Rotsund Chapel
Rotsund kapell
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View of the church (c. 1932)
Coordinates: 69°47′18″N 20°42′29″E / 69.788302°N 20.708005°E / 69.788302; 20.708005
Troms og Finnmark
DenominationChurch of Norway
ChurchmanshipEvangelical Lutheran
StatusParish church
Consecrated18 Sept 1932
Functional statusActive
Architect(s)Harald Sund
Architectural typeLong church
Completed1932 (90 years ago) (1932)
DeaneryNord-Troms prosti


A cemetery was built in Rotsund in 1860 so that people didn't have to travel so far to bury their dead. Almost immediately, there was a desire by the local population to build a church alongside the new cemetery. In 1887, the municipal council in Skjervøy, of which Rotsund was then a part, decided to build a church there. They petitioned the authorities to do so, but it was not until 1920 when a royal resolution authorized the construction of a chapel in Rotsund. Fundraising began for the chapel through collections and gifts as well as a 7000 kr grant from the government. Construction began in February 1932, and took only five months. The total cost of the chapel was 40,200 kr. The new building was consecrated on 18 September 1932 by the Bishop Eivind Berggrav. During World War II, the chapel was requisitioned by German forces and used as a barracks. During that time the altarpiece was destroyed, but the rest of the building only had minor damages. After the war in 1946, a new altarpiece was installed. In 1999, the interior of the chapel was completely renovated.[3][4]

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  1. ^ "Rotsund kapell". Kirkesøk: Kirkebyggdatabasen. Retrieved 14 July 2018.
  2. ^ "Oversikt over Nåværende Kirker" (in Norwegian). Retrieved 14 July 2018.
  3. ^ "Rotsund kapel" (in Norwegian). Nordreisa sokn. Retrieved 20 February 2021.
  4. ^ "Rotsund kirkested" (in Norwegian). Norwegian Directorate for Cultural Heritage. Retrieved 20 February 2021.