Bremsnes Church

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Bremsnes Church
Bremsnes kyrkje
Bremsnes kirke 2012.jpg
View of the church
Bremsnes Church is located in Møre og Romsdal
Bremsnes Church
Bremsnes Church
Location of the church
Bremsnes Church is located in Norway
Bremsnes Church
Bremsnes Church
Bremsnes Church (Norway)
63°05′18″N 7°39′35″E / 63.0884°N 7.6598°E / 63.0884; 7.6598Coordinates: 63°05′18″N 7°39′35″E / 63.0884°N 7.6598°E / 63.0884; 7.6598
LocationAverøy Municipality,
Møre og Romsdal
DenominationChurch of Norway
ChurchmanshipEvangelical Lutheran
StatusParish church
Functional statusActive
Architectural typeCruciform
DeaneryYtre Nordmøre prosti

Bremsnes Church (Norwegian: Bremsnes kyrkje) is a parish church of the Church of Norway in Averøy Municipality in Møre og Romsdal county, Norway. It is located in the village of Bremsnes on the eastern coast of the island of Averøya, just west of the town of Kristiansund. It is the church for the Bremsnes parish which is part of the Ytre Nordmøre prosti (deanery) in the Diocese of Møre. The white, wooden church was built in a cruciform style in 1771 by an unknown architect. The church seats about 350 people.[1][2]


View of the church

Bremsnes has been a church site for centuries. The earliest existing historical records of the church date back to 1589, but in 1533 the parish of Bremsnes is mentioned. It is likely the church was built before time time, possibly in the 1400s. The 1589 church was a long church that was said to be dilapidated by the 1600s, according to historical records. This church was built to replace an even older church, of which nothing is known.[3] In the late-1600s, the nearby ladested of Lille-Fosna was growing, making Bremsnes Church quite important as the parish church for the young town. The nearby Grip archipelago was also using Bremsnes Church as their gravesite since they could not bury the dead on the rocky islands.[4]

In 1770, Bremsnes Church burned down, likely from a lightning strike. Since the church was used by people from the nearby town of Christianssund and the people from Grip, the church was quickly rebuilt in 1771. The new church was a timber-framed, cruciform building.[4]

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  1. ^ "Bremsnes kirke". Kirkesøk: Kirkebyggdatabasen. Retrieved 2019-05-26.
  2. ^ "Oversikt over Nåværende Kirker" (in Norwegian). Retrieved 2019-05-26.
  3. ^ "Bremsnes Kirke" (in Norwegian). Averøy Kirkelege Fellesråd. Archived from the original on 2015-09-27. Retrieved 2013-05-04.
  4. ^ a b "Bremsnes kirkested" (in Norwegian). Norwegian Directorate for Cultural Heritage. Retrieved 2019-05-26.