Titran Chapel

Titran Chapel (Norwegian: Titran kapell) is a parish church of the Church of Norway in Frøya municipality in Trøndelag county, Norway. It is located in the village of Titran on the western tip of the island of Frøya. It is one of several churches for the Frøya parish which is part of the Orkdal prosti (deanery) in the Diocese of Nidaros. The white, wooden church was built in an octagonal design in 1873 by the builder Petter Snekker. The church seats about 200 people.[1][2]

Titran Chapel
Titran kapell
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View of the church
63°40′10″N 8°18′32″E / 63.669378429°N 08.3087579905°E / 63.669378429; 08.3087579905Coordinates: 63°40′10″N 8°18′32″E / 63.669378429°N 08.3087579905°E / 63.669378429; 08.3087579905
LocationFrøya, Trøndelag
DenominationChurch of Norway
ChurchmanshipEvangelical Lutheran
StatusParish church
Founded15th century
Consecrated4 December 1912
Functional statusActive
Architectural typeOctagonal
Completed1873 (150 years ago) (1873)
DioceseNidaros bispedømme
DeaneryOrkdal prosti
StatusAutomatically protected


The earliest existing historical records of the church date back to the year 1589, but the church was not new that year. The church was likely established around the year 1433. The church was in regular use until 1762, with a last service being held on 22 January 1774, but by then the church was in such poor condition that the service was held outside. The population of Titran had dropped due to changes in the local fishing situation, so the church was closed and parishioners had to travel to Dolm Church, about 20 kilometres (12 mi) away by boat. By 1780, only the walls remained as the roof had already fallen in. The church was then torn down, but the cemetery continued to be used until 1930.[3][4]

About 100 years later, there was a push for a new chapel in Titran. In 1873, a new octagonal prayer house was built by Petter Snekker about 140 metres (460 ft) west of the historic church site. In 1912, a choir was added to the west and a church porch with a priest's sacristy and a baptismal waiting room in the east. The building was consecrated as a chapel on 4 December 1912.[4][5]

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  1. ^ "Titran kapell". Kirkesøk: Kirkebyggdatabasen. Retrieved 18 February 2018.
  2. ^ "Oversikt over Nåværende Kirker" (in Norwegian). KirkeKonsulenten.no. Retrieved 18 February 2018.
  3. ^ "Titran gamle kirkested" (in Norwegian). Norwegian Directorate for Cultural Heritage. Retrieved 8 July 2021.
  4. ^ a b "Titran kapell". Norges-Kirker.no (in Norwegian). Retrieved 8 July 2021.
  5. ^ "Titran kirkested / Titran kirke 2" (in Norwegian). Norwegian Directorate for Cultural Heritage. Retrieved 8 July 2021.