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 Tjøtta kirke

Tjøtta kirke ( Tjøtta Church)
Address: 8860 Tjøtta
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Architect: Christian Heinrich Grosch
Client: Tjøtta Parish; Tromsø Stiftsdirection
Construction System /
Natural stone
Building Type: Church; village hall
Keywords: church, natural stone, steeple
Year of Construction: Completed in 1851
Tjøtta Church, which also has a graveyard, is located on the edge of the yard on the large Tjøtta Farm, situated on a large estate from the Middle Ages, currently owned by the Norwegian government and run as an agriculture research station. This stone church was completed in 1851, after the stone church from the Middle Ages was torn down subsequent to fires in 1811 and 1843. The new church was built of natural stone, after drawings done by the architect Christian Heinrich Grosch (1801-1865). Grosch also designed many churches in Norway in the middle of the 19th century.

It is a long church with an annexed sacristy towards the east. The entrance is located at the foot of the steeple towards the west. Halfway projecting from the church wall is a massive steeple. The heavy natural stoned walls and relatively small windows, in relation to the wall plane, provide a solid and upon first glance, antiquated expression.
Literature: Bostwick, Lisa Gay, Kåre Hansen and Ole Bernt Olsen: Fotefar mot nord. 2000 år på Tjøtta gård. Jorda er maktens kjerne, Bodø 1996.
Hage, Ingebjørg: "Grosch-kirker i Nord-Norge - lokale ønsker og sentral styring", in Årbok for Foreningen til norske Fortidsminnesmerkers Bevaring 2001, pp. 25-40.
Publisher: The University of Tromsø, 29.12.2004
Author: I.H
Photographer: I.H; P.A.B 1999

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