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 Nesseby kirke

Nesseby kirke ( Nesseby Church)
Address: Nesseby
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Architect: Christian Heinrich Grosch
Client: Nesseby Parish
Construction System /
Woodwork; timber; cogging joint method
Building Type: Church
Keywords: church, steeple, woodwork, timber, cog joint, vertical boarding, turnbuckle, neo-gothic
Year of Construction: Consecrated in 1858
The Nesseby Church is a long church with a narrower and lower-rising rectangular choir, adjoined to the nave on the east side. A steeple, which houses the entrance, is adjoined to the west side. The building was constructed using wooden materials, cogging jointed timber that is clad with vertical panelling. All of the churches in Northern Norway that are designed by Grosch are built in this fashion, except for the Tjøtta Church which is made of stone. On the exterior, turnbuckles lagged like pilasters divide the wall into fields. A high-positioned arched Neo-Gothic style window is situated on each field.

The Nesseby Church is situated on a magnificent and characteristic site, on a spit that juts into the north side of the Varanger fjord. The site along with the meagre vegetation makes the white painted church, with a grey slate covered roof, easily visible from a distance.
Literature: Hage, Ingebjørg: "Grosch-kirker i Nord-Norge - lokale ønsker og sentral styring," in Årbok for Foreningen til norske Fortidsminnesmerkers Bevaring 2001, pp. 25-40.
Hauglid, Roar: "Noen akantusblad," in Kunst og kultur, no. 2-1987.
Seip, Elisabeth: Christian Heinrich Grosch: 1802-1865 - arkitekt, Oslo 2001.
Publisher: The University of Tromsø, 29.04.2005
Author: I.H; H.S
Photographer: Jiri Havran

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