Sildpollnes Church

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Sildpollnes Church
Sildpollnes kirke
View of the chapel
Sildpollnes Church is located in Nordland
Sildpollnes Church
Sildpollnes Church
Location of the chapel
Sildpollnes Church is located in Norway
Sildpollnes Church
Sildpollnes Church
Sildpollnes Church (Norway)
68°19′20″N 14°43′12″E / 68.322322°N 14.720042°E / 68.322322; 14.720042Coordinates: 68°19′20″N 14°43′12″E / 68.322322°N 14.720042°E / 68.322322; 14.720042
LocationVågan, Nordland
DenominationChurch of Norway
ChurchmanshipEvangelical Lutheran
Functional statusActive
Architectural typeLong church
DeaneryLofoten prosti

Sildpollnes Church (Norwegian: Sildpollnes kirke) is a chapel of the Church of Norway in Vågan Municipality in Nordland county, Norway. It is located on the Sildpollneset peninsula on the island of Austvågøya. It is an annex chapel in the Svolvær parish which is part of the Lofoten prosti (deanery) in the Diocese of Sør-Hålogaland. The white, wooden chapel was built in a long church style in 1891.[1]

The building was completed in 1891 as a bedehus (meeting house) and in 1961 its status was upgraded to that of a chapel. The church is a very popular tourist location due to its location on a peninsula in the middle of a fjord with mountains in the background. It is located very close to European route E10, so it is easy to get to and photograph it.[2]

Sildpollnes church

The church sits on a small peninsula that is surrounded by water on three sides. Before the building of the church in 1890, the parish received permission to build a pathway through the neighbor's private property to access the church. For over 100 years, this agreement was in effect with no problems. In 2015, the church was closed because the current neighbor refused to let people through his property to reach the church because he said the 1890 agreement only covered pedestrians, not automobiles. The case was in court for some time and in 2018, the Lofoten District Court ruled in favor of the church, permitting people to use the driveway once again.[3][4][5]

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  1. ^ "Oversikt over Nåværende Kirker" (in Norwegian). Retrieved 2018-11-04.
  2. ^ "Sildpollnes kapell" (in Norwegian). Vågan kirkelige fellesråd. Retrieved 2012-07-21.
  3. ^ "Lofotposten - Advokat mener kommunen har veirett til Sildpollnes kapell". (in Norwegian). Retrieved 2017-05-11.
  4. ^ Johansen, John Inge; Kristoffersen, Kai Jæger (2018-04-12). "Kapell stengt i fire år etter turistkrangel". NRK Nordland (in Norwegian). Retrieved 2018-11-04.
  5. ^ Valberg, Ingvil (2018-04-26). "Dommen om veirett til kapellet er klar". Lofotposten (in Norwegian). Retrieved 2018-11-04.