Old Gildeskål Church

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Old Gildeskål Church
Gildeskål gamle kirke
Gildeskaal Old Church.jpg
View of the church
Old Gildeskål Church is located in Nordland
Old Gildeskål Church
Old Gildeskål Church
Location of the church
Old Gildeskål Church is located in Norway
Old Gildeskål Church
Old Gildeskål Church
Old Gildeskål Church (Norway)
67°03′33″N 14°02′43″E / 67.0592°N 14.0453°E / 67.0592; 14.0453Coordinates: 67°03′33″N 14°02′43″E / 67.0592°N 14.0453°E / 67.0592; 14.0453
LocationGildeskål, Nordland
DenominationChurch of Norway
ChurchmanshipEvangelical Lutheran
StatusParish church
Functional statusPreserved
Architectural typeLong church
Completedc. 1130
DeaneryBodø domprosti

Old Gildeskål Church (Norwegian: Gildeskål gamle kirke) is a preserved parish church of the Church of Norway in Gildeskål Municipality in Nordland county, Norway. It is located just north of the village of Inndyr. Before 1881, it was the main church for the Gildeskål parish which is part of the Bodø domprosti (deanery) in the Diocese of Sør-Hålogaland. The white, stone church was built in a long church style in the 12th century. The church seats about 275 people.[1][2]


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 and starting in 1751 he arrived in northern Norway, where he painted a number of church altarpieces. Gottfried Ezekiel also painted the altarpiece that stands today in the new Gildeskål Church.[3]

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 275 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.[4][5]

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  1. ^ "Gildeskål gamle kirke". Kirkesøk: Kirkebyggdatabasen. Retrieved 2018-10-30.
  2. ^ "Oversikt over Nåværende Kirker" (in Norwegian). KirkeKonsulenten.no. Retrieved 2018-10-30.
  3. ^ Rajmann, Klaudia (2016). "Workshop of the painter Gottfried Ezekiel – the technique of 18th-century decorations in Bodø (Norway)". CeROArt, EGG 5. Retrieved 2017-10-01.
  4. ^ "Gildeskål gamle kirke" (in Norwegian). Gildeskål menighet. Retrieved 2012-02-17.
  5. ^ "Gildeskål gamle kirkested" (in Norwegian). Norwegian Directorate for Cultural Heritage. Retrieved 2018-10-30.