Bodin Church

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Bodin Church
Bodin kirke
Bodin kirke 2.jpg
View of the church
Bodin Church is located in Nordland
Bodin Church
Bodin Church
Location in Nordland
Bodin Church is located in Norway
Bodin Church
Bodin Church
Bodin Church (Norway)
Coordinates: 67°16′27″N 14°26′05″E / 67.2741°N 14.4348°E / 67.2741; 14.4348
Location Bodø, Nordland
Country Norway
Denomination Church of Norway
Churchmanship Evangelical Lutheran
Status Parish church
Functional status Active
Completed c. 1240
Capacity 300
Materials Stone
Parish Bodin
Deanery Bodø domprosti
Diocese Diocese of Sør-Hålogaland

Bodin Church (Norwegian: Bodin kirke) is a parish church in the municipality of Bodø in Nordland county, Norway. [1]


Organ and choir loft
Altarpiece detail

Bodin Church is located in the southeastern part of the town of Bodø. The church is part of the Bodin parish in the Bodø deanery in the Diocese of Sør-Hålogaland.[2]

Bodin Church was built as nave church around the year 1240 and was enlarged in 1785 with a transept. The white, stone church seats about 300 people. In 1894, the entire section of the medieval church was torn down and rebuilt in the same style. The church has a stone altar from the 14th century and some wooden sculptures dating from the late 15th century to the early 16th century.[3]

The church is characterized today largely by an interior from the 17th and 18th century. The chandeliers date from the 1760s. In 2003, the church received a replica of a Baroque organ from the 1700s.

The altarpiece is from 1670. The pulpit is from the 17th century with paintings from 1753 by German born artist Gottfried Ezekiel (ca. 1719-1798) who was engaged by parish priest Nicolaus Christian Friis. Ezekiel first received a commission as a painter in Bergen during 1744. Dating from 1751 he arrived in northern Norway, where he painted a number of church altarpieces.[4] [5]


See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Bodin kirke" (in Norwegian). Kirkesøk: Kirkebyggdatabasen. Retrieved 2012-03-19. 
  2. ^ "Bodin Kirke" (in Norwegian). Kirka i Bodø. Retrieved 2012-03-19. 
  3. ^ Nina Aldin Thune. "Bodin kirke". Store norske leksikon. Retrieved October 1, 2016. 
  4. ^ "Historien bak altertavla i Bodin kirke". Bodin Menighet. Retrieved October 1, 2017. 
  5. ^ Sigrid Christie. "Gottfried Ezekiel". Norsk kunstnerleksikon. Retrieved October 1, 2016. 

Related reading[edit]

  • Eilertsen, Turid Følling (1990) Bodin kirke 750 år: «hvor elskelig dine boliger er … (Bodø: Bodin menighetsråd) ISBN 8290412827