Tønjum Church

Tønjum Church (Norwegian: Tønjum kyrkje) is a parish church of the Church of Norway in Lærdal Municipality in Vestland county, Norway. It is located in the village of Tønjum. It is the church for the Tønjum parish which is part of the Sogn prosti (deanery) in the Diocese of Bjørgvin. The red, wooden church was built in a cruciform style in 1832 using designs by an unknown architect. The church seats about 175 people.[1][2]

Tønjum Church
Tønjum kyrkje
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View of the church
Tønjum Church is located in Vestland
Tønjum Church
Tønjum Church
Location of the church
Tønjum Church is located in Norway
Tønjum Church
Tønjum Church
Tønjum Church (Norway)
61°03′26″N 7°31′00″E / 61.0572°N 7.5167°E / 61.0572; 7.5167Coordinates: 61°03′26″N 7°31′00″E / 61.0572°N 7.5167°E / 61.0572; 7.5167
LocationLærdal Municipality,
DenominationChurch of Norway
ChurchmanshipEvangelical Lutheran
StatusParish church
Foundedc. 1200
Consecrated30 September 1832
Functional statusActive
Architectural typeCruciform
DeanerySogn prosti
StatusAutomatically protected


The earliest existing historical records of the church date back to the year 1305, but the church was not new that year. The first church was likely a stave church that was built during the early 1200s. The nave of the old church measured 10.7 by 8.1 metres (35 ft × 27 ft) with a choir that was 6.9 by 4.4 metres (23 ft × 14 ft). The church had a tower on the west end. In January 1823, the old church was heavily damaged by the wind during a big winter storm and it had to be torn down. About nine years later, after much discussion and debate, it was decided to build a new church on the same site. Some of the materials from the old church were reused in the new church. The new church was consecrated on 30 September 1832 by Bishop Jacob Neumann.[3][4]

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  1. ^ "Tønjum kyrkje". Kirkesøk: Kirkebyggdatabasen. Retrieved 2020-01-19.
  2. ^ "Oversikt over Nåværende Kirker" (in Norwegian). KirkeKonsulenten.no. Retrieved 2020-01-19.
  3. ^ "Tønjum kyrkjestad - Lærdal" (in Norwegian). Norwegian Directorate for Cultural Heritage. Retrieved 2020-01-19.
  4. ^ Henden Aaraas, Margrethe; Vengen, Sigurd; Gjerde, Anders. "Tønjum kyrkje" (in Norwegian). Fylkesarkivet. Retrieved 2020-01-19.