Old Værøy Church

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Old Værøy Church
Værøy gamle kirke
Vaeroey gamle kirke.jpg
Front and side of the church
Old Værøy Church is located in Nordland
Old Værøy Church
Old Værøy Church
Location in Nordland
Old Værøy Church is located in Norway
Old Værøy Church
Old Værøy Church
Old Værøy Church (Norway)
Coordinates: 67°41′36″N 12°42′12″E / 67.6933°N 12.7032°E / 67.6933; 12.7032
Location Værøy, Nordland
Country Norway
Denomination Church of Norway
Churchmanship Evangelical Lutheran
Status Parish church
Consecrated 1746
Events Moved to Værøy in 1790
Functional status Active
Completed 1746
Materials Wood
Parish Værøy
Deanery Bodø domprosti
Diocese Diocese of Sør-Hålogaland

Old Værøy Church (Norwegian: Værøy gamle kirke) is a parish church in the municipality of Værøy in Nordland county, Norway. It is located in the village of Nordland. The church is part of the Værøy parish in the Bodø deanery in the Diocese of Sør-Hålogaland. The red, wooden church was built in Kabelvåg in 1746 and it was moved to the island of Værøy in 1799. It is the oldest church in Lofoten that is still in use. It has worship service every fourth Sunday.[1]

Another view of the church


The village of Nordland on the island of Værøy has probably had a church since the 15th century. The previous church on the island was destroyed by strong winds during a storm in 1790.

Rather than building a replacement, another church building (built in 1746) from nearby Kabelvåg was moved to Værøy in 1799. Some furniture from the old church still exists in today's church. They chose to move the church from Kabelvåg because that church was too small for the Kabelvåg congregation, so they were going to build a new, larger church there.[2]

In 1939, Værøy Church was built in Sørland on the south side of the island, where most of the residents lived. The new church became the main church for the parish, although the old church is still used regularly.[1][3]

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  1. ^ a b "Om Værøy gamle kirke" (in Norwegian). Værøy gamle prestegård. Retrieved 2012-03-05. 
  2. ^ "Værøy gamle kirke" (in Norwegian). Kirkesøk: Kirkebyggdatabasen. Retrieved 2012-03-05. 
  3. ^ "Oversikt over Nåværende Kirker" (in Norwegian). KirkeKonsulenten.no. Retrieved 2012-03-05.