Giske Church

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Giske Church
Giske kyrkje
Giske kyrkje.jpg
Giske kyrkje
Giske Church is located in Møre og Romsdal
Giske Church
Giske Church
Location in Møre og Romsdal
Giske Church is located in Norway
Giske Church
Giske Church
Location in Møre og Romsdal
Coordinates: 62°29′55″N 6°03′01″E / 62.4987°N 6.0502°E / 62.4987; 6.0502
Location Giske Municipality,
Møre og Romsdal
Country Norway
Denomination Church of Norway
Churchmanship Evangelical Lutheran
Founded c. 1170
Status Active
Functional status Parish church
Architectural type Norman
Style Langkirke (Long church)
Capacity 125
Materials White marble
Parish Giske
Deanery Nordre Sunnmøre prosti
Diocese Diocese of Møre

Giske Church (Norwegian: Giske kyrkje) is a 12th-century marble parish church in Giske Municipality in Møre og Romsdal county, Norway. It is located on the south side of the island of Giske, about 10 kilometres (6.2 mi) northwest of the town of Ålesund. The church is part of the Giske parish in the Nordre Sunnmøre deanery in the Diocese of Møre. The church is open for guided tours during the summer season.[1][2]


View of the church from 1927

The church is built of white marble. The origin of the marble is unclear, but it was brought to the island by boat. Where it came from before that is unknown. Today the walls are covered by chalk on the outside and plaster on the inside, so that the marble is only visible in a few places, all on the outside. The architectural style is Norman.[3]

The church was originally a family chapel consisting of the nave and chancel, but it has been refurbished several times over the centuries. The most extensive renovation was carried out in the 1750s (initiated by Hans Strøm and Hans Holtermann[4]), and most of the interior today can be dated back to this renovation, carved by the local craftsman Jakob Sørensøn Giskegaard (1734–1827).[5]


  1. ^ "Giske kyrkje". Kirkesøk: Kirkebyggdatabasen. Retrieved 2013-07-16. 
  2. ^ "Oversikt over Nåværende Kirker" (in Norwegian). Retrieved 2013-07-16. 
  3. ^ "Giske kyrkje - eit klenodium i norsk mellomalderarkitektur" (in Norwegian). Giske kyrkjelege fellesråd. Retrieved 2013-07-16. 
  4. ^ Giske kyrkje.
  5. ^ Ekroll, Øystein; Stige, Morten; Havran, Jiri (2000). Kirker i Norge: Middelalder i Stein. Oslo. ISBN 978-82-91399-09-6.