Old Gildeskål Church
|Old Gildeskål Church|
|Gildeskål gamle kirke|
View of the church
|Denomination||Church of Norway|
|Diocese||Diocese of Sør-Hålogaland|
Old Gildeskål Church (Norwegian: Gildeskål gamle kirke) is a parish church in the municipality of Gildeskål in Nordland county, Norway. It is located just north of the village of Inndyr. The church is part of the Gildeskål parish in the Bodø deanery in the Diocese of Sør-Hålogaland.
The stone church was built around the year 1130. The pulpit was painted by Gottfried Ezekiel (ca. 1719-1798). He 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. Ezekiel also painted the altarpiece that stands today in the new Gildeskål Church. 
In 1851, a new law was passed that said that all rural churches had to be able to fit at least 30% of the parish members in the church building. Since this church could only seat about 130 people, it was too small, therefore a new church had to be built for the parish. It was decided that the new church would be built on the same site, just west of the old church. The new Gildeskål Church was completed in 1881 and it seated about 750 people.
- "Gildeskål gamle kirke" (in Norwegian). Kirkesøk: Kirkebyggdatabasen. Retrieved 2012-02-17.
- Klaudia Rajmann. "Workshop of the painter Gottfried Ezekiel". CeROArt, EGG 5. 2016 : EGG 2014-2015. Retrieved October 1, 2017.
- "Gildeskål gamle kirke" (in Norwegian). Gildeskål menighet. Retrieved 2012-02-17.
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