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 Trondenes kirke

Trondenes kirke ( Trondenes Church)
Address: Trondenes, 9404 Harstad
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Construction System /
Masonry; stone; wooden roof
Building Type: Church; assembly hall
Keywords: stone, church, stone church, Middle Ages,
Year of Construction: 1250-1450
Trondenes Church is situated on the Trondenes peninsula, approx. three kilometres north of the centre of Harstad. The tall whitewashed stone church with its red roof is situated on a little hill facing the sea and is a clearly visible landmark from the sea side. The church is Norway’s northernmost stone church dating from the Middle Ages and stands out as one of the masterpieces in North Norwegian architectural history. The church is also one of the largest stone churches in the country, rising 23 metres to the top of the west gable: only Nidaros Cathedral is of a greater height.

Around the church and churchyard are the thick churchyard walls dating from the Middle Ages, with two stone towers facing out towards the sea to the east. This may signify that the church was built as a defence church at a time when Troms was liable to attack from the east. The highest and strongest section of the wall is situated by the sea and has been between three and five metres high, while the wall to the land side resembles a more usual churchyard wall in grey stone.
Literature: Eide, Ole Egil: Trondenes kirke : fra 1200-tallet eller fra senmiddelalderen?Trondarnes distriktsmuseums skriftserie nr 7, 2005
Liepe, Lena: Medieval stone churches of Northern Norway, Tromsø 2001
Publisher: The University of Tromsø, 16.03.2009
Author: L.N.L
Photographer: Jiri Havran; H.S; T.A 2004

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