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"Church of the Cross"
View of the church
Korskirken is located in Hordaland
Location in Hordaland county
Korskirken is located in Norway
Location in Hordaland county
60°23′42″N 5°19′40″E / 60.3949°N 5.3277°E / 60.3949; 5.3277Coordinates: 60°23′42″N 5°19′40″E / 60.3949°N 5.3277°E / 60.3949; 5.3277
Location Bergen, Hordaland
Country Norway
Denomination Church of Norway
Churchmanship Evangelical Lutheran
Status Parish church
Functional status Active
Completed c. 1150
Capacity 600
Materials Stone
Parish Bergen domkirke
Deanery Bergen domprosti
Diocese Diocese of Bjørgvin
Type Church
Status Automatically protected
County Hordaland
Municipality Bergen
Year built Middle Ages
ID 84827

Korskirken (lit. The Cross Church) is a special parish church in Bergen municipality in Hordaland county, Norway. It is located in the centre of the city of Bergen, just east of the head of the Vågen bay. The cruciform church is part of the "Bergen domkirke" parish in the Bergen arch-deanery in the Diocese of Bjørgvin. The first church on the site was built around the year 1150, and it currently seats about 600 people.[1][2]

The church was a parish church for the Korskirken parish in central Bergen from 1320 until 2002. In 2002, several urban parishes in central Bergen were merged to form the "Bergen domkirke" parish. At the same time, Korskirken ceased to be a parish church. It was given over to the Church City Mission (Kirkens Bymisjon), and is now a special church in the urban parish. The church is an "open church" that is staffed every day so that people can experience silence or participate in the lighting of candles, conversation, community, attending church services, or listening to music. The Church City Mission focuses a lot on social work among the urban neighborhood as well as religious outreach.[3]

Korskirken is located at the intersection of the streets Kong Oscars gate and Nedre Korskirkeallmenning. The oldest part of the church dates back to the second half of the 12th century. The name refers to the True Cross (and not to its cruciform plan), and is rendered in English as "Holy Cross Church" or "Church of the Cross". This is because it was, as one of only a handful Norwegian churches, in possession of a relic from the True Cross. This relic was later stolen by the Danish king, along with several other relics from all over the country, during the Reformation.

Korskirken was first mentioned in Sverris saga from 1185. At the time of construction, the church was situated on the shore of Vågen, probably marking the southern border of settlement in Bergen. Korskirken was damaged in the fires of 1198, 1248, 1413, 1582, 1623, 1640 and 1702; the church originally had two towers, but one was destroyed in the 1582 fire and never rebuilt. It was originally built with straight rectangular plan. The church got its cruciform plan when transepts were added around 1615-1623.[4][5][6]


  1. ^ "Korskirken, Bergen". Kirkesøk: Kirkebyggdatabasen. Retrieved 2014-08-11. 
  2. ^ "Oversikt over Nåværende Kirker" (in Norwegian). KirkeKonsulenten.no. Retrieved 2014-08-11. 
  3. ^ "Korskirken" (in Norwegian). Bergen City Archive. Retrieved 2014-08-11. 
  4. ^ Gunnar Hagen Hartvedt (1994). "Korskirken". Bergen Byleksikon. 
  5. ^ Eide, Øyvind (1981). Korskirken : 1181 - 800 år - 1981. Bergen: Rådet. ISBN 82-7128-056-2. 
  6. ^ "Kirker i Hordaland fylke" (in Norwegian). DIS-Hordaland. Retrieved 2014-08-11. 

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