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Strand Church (Rogaland)

Coordinates: 59°03′04″N 5°55′51″E / 59.051204°N 5.93082°E / 59.051204; 5.93082
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Strand Church
Strand kirke
View of the church
(Photo: Rune Sattler)
59°03′04″N 5°55′51″E / 59.051204°N 5.93082°E / 59.051204; 5.93082
LocationStrand Municipality,
DenominationChurch of Norway
ChurchmanshipEvangelical Lutheran
StatusParish church
Founded12th century
Functional statusActive
Architect(s)Fritz von der Lippe
Architectural typeLong church
DioceseStavanger bispedømme
DeaneryRyfylke prosti

Strand Church (Norwegian: Strand kirke) is a parish church of the Church of Norway in Strand Municipality in Rogaland county, Norway. It is located in the village of Tau. It is the church for the Strand parish which is part of the Ryfylke prosti (deanery) in the Diocese of Stavanger. The white, wooden church was built in a long church design in 1874 using designs by the architect Fritz von der Lippe. The church seats about 284 people.[1][2]


The earliest existing historical records of the church date back to the year 1280, but the church was not new that year. The church was probably a stave church, possibly from the 12th century. In 1626, the old church was torn down and replaced with a new timber-framed building on roughly the same location. The new church was not fully completed until 1635.[3]

In 1814, this church served as an election church (Norwegian: valgkirke).[4] Together with more than 300 other parish churches across Norway, it was a polling station for elections to the 1814 Norwegian Constituent Assembly which wrote the Constitution of Norway. This was Norway's first national elections. Each church parish was a constituency that elected people called "electors" who later met together in each county to elect the representatives for the assembly that was to meet in Eidsvoll later that year.[4][5]

In 1874, a new church was built immediately to the north of the old church. After the new church was completed, the old church was torn down.[3]

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  1. ^ "Strand kirke, Ryfylke". Kirkesøk: Kirkebyggdatabasen. Retrieved 11 October 2020.
  2. ^ "Oversikt over Nåværende Kirker" (in Norwegian). KirkeKonsulenten.no. Retrieved 11 October 2020.
  3. ^ a b "Strand kirkested" (in Norwegian). Norwegian Directorate for Cultural Heritage. Retrieved 11 October 2020.
  4. ^ a b "Valgkirkene". LokalHistorieWiki.no (in Norwegian). Retrieved 6 February 2021.
  5. ^ "Om valgene". Valgene i 1814 (in Norwegian). Arkivverket. Retrieved 6 February 2021.