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 Beaivvasgieddi kapell

Beaivvasgieddi kapell (Beaivvasgieddi Chapel) ( )
Address: Beaivvasgieddi
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Architect: Pastor Kristian Nissen
Client: Karasjok Church, with funds from The Nordland Church & Schools Fund
Construction System /
Timber; notched log construction
Building Type: Meeting House, Chapel
Keywords: chapel, cog work, timber, neo-romanesque, sacristy, steeple
Year of Construction: ca. 1909-1914
Beaivvasgieddi lies beyond road access to the east on the Finnmark vidda (open country). The red-painted little mountain chapel is situated in birch woods and was built to serve the Sami nomads in the area who lived here during the winter. The chapel was consecrated in 1915, following different kinds of problems that had been experienced ever since 1900.

The church is built of logs and constructed in a simple new Romanesque style, characterized by round arches supported by slender columns. The right-hand tower marks the entrance and a small sacristy permits access to the choir section.

The active Pastor Kristian Nissen in Karasjok drew up the plans and followed up with the building work. He had little architectural training, but had the chance to develop a project that was to become fairly well-integrated, stylistically prominent and ecclesiastically small-scale.
Publisher: The University of Tromsø, 12.03.2008
Author: J.C.E
Photographer: J.C.E 2007

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