St John's Church, Bergen

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St. John's Church
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View of the church
St. John's Church is located in Hordaland
St. John's Church
St. John's Church
Location in Hordaland county
St. John's Church is located in Norway
St. John's Church
St. John's Church
St. John's Church (Norway)
60°23′19″N 5°19′09″E / 60.3885°N 5.3193°E / 60.3885; 5.3193Coordinates: 60°23′19″N 5°19′09″E / 60.3885°N 5.3193°E / 60.3885; 5.3193
Location Bergen, Hordaland
Country Norway
Denomination Church of Norway
Churchmanship Evangelical Lutheran
Status Parish church
Consecrated 15 March 1894
Functional status Active
Architect(s) Herman Major Backer
Adolph Fischer
Hans Heinrich Jess
Style Gothic Revival
Groundbreaking 1888
Completed 1894
Height 61 metres (200 ft)
Parish Bergen domkirke
Deanery Bergen domprosti
Diocese Diocese of Bjørgvin

St. John's Church (Norwegian: Johanneskirken) is a church in Bergen municipality in Hordaland county, Norway. It is located in the Sydnes area of the city of Bergen. The church is one of five churches in Bergen Cathedral parish in the Bergen arch-deanery in the Diocese of Bjørgvin. The red, brick cruciform church has 1250 seats, making it the largest church in Bergen. The church was built between 1891 and 1894 in the Gothic Revival style. It was consecrated on 15 March 1894.[1][2][3]


On 1 January 1885, the new parish of St. John was created out of the large Bergen Cathedral parish. In 1888, an architectural contest was conducted for the design of a new church. It was built from drawings by the architect Herman Major Backer (1856–1932). On 27 November 1891, the cornerstone was laid. The building process was first led by architect Adolf Fischer and from 1891 by Hans Heinrich Jess. The church was consecrated on 15 March 1894. The frescoes in the Church's ceiling date from 1924 and were completed by Hugo Lous Mohr (1889-1970).[4][5]

The organ was built by Schlag & Söhne of Wurttemberg, Germany. It was modernized by J.H. Jørgensen of Oslo in 1967. The altarpiece depicts Christ in prayer and was designed in 1894 by Marcus Grønvold. The church tower is the highest in the city at 61 metres (200 ft). The main tower has four stair towers and a carillon. It was designed by Verein Bochum in Bochum, Westphalia.[5][6]

The church was a parish church for the St. John's parish in central Bergen from 1894 until 2002. In 2002, several urban parishes in central Bergen were merged to form Bergen Cathedral parish which is made up of 5 main churches.[7]

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  1. ^ "Johanneskirken". Kirkesøk: Kirkebyggdatabasen. Retrieved 2014-08-14. 
  2. ^ "Oversikt over Nåværende Kirker" (in Norwegian). Retrieved 2014-08-14. 
  3. ^ "Kirker i Hordaland fylke" (in Norwegian). DIS-Hordaland. Retrieved 2014-08-14. 
  4. ^ Gunnar Hagen Hartvedt (1994). "Johanneskirken". Bergen Byleksikon. pp. 255–256. 
  5. ^ a b "Johanneskirken" (in Norwegian). Bergen domkirke menighet. Retrieved 2014-08-14. 
  6. ^ Lidén, Hans-Emil; Magerøy, Ellen Maria (1980). Norges kirker, Bergen (in Norwegian). Oslo. ISBN 8205123675. 
  7. ^ "Johanneskirken" (in Norwegian). Bergen Byarkiv. Retrieved 2014-08-14. 

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