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 Hol kirke

Hol kirke ( Hol Church)
The Hol Church has a cross-plan with a porch on the west side. In accordance with tradition, a choir and sacristy for the vicar are situated in the east. The term cross-plan means that the church plan is in the form of a cross. This plan type was common in the middle of the 17th century and became widely distributed in the 18th century/first part of the 19th century. After the Reformation, teaching the faith became an important aspect of religious preaching. Accordingly, the cross-plan was well-suited for Lutheran church services. This plan type provided ample room for many people and gave the pulpit a central position in the middle of the sanctuary room, in the corner between the choir and one of arms of the cross. This arrangement also facilitated contact between the vicar and the congregation during the sermon.

In Lofoten there are three preserved cross-plan churches, all of which were erected during the first part of the 19th century. The Hol Church, built in 1806, is the oldest.

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