Trondenes Church

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Trondenes Church
Trondenes kirke
View of the church
Trondenes Church is located in Troms
Trondenes Church
Trondenes Church
Location in Troms
Coordinates: 68°49′19″N 16°33′44″E / 68.8220°N 16.5622°E / 68.8220; 16.5622
Location Harstad, Troms
Country Norway
Denomination Church of Norway
Churchmanship Evangelical Lutheran
Founded 11th century
Status Parish church
Functional status Active
Completed c. 1435
Materials Stone
Parish Trondenes
Deanery Trondenes prosti
Diocese Diocese of Nord-Hålogaland

Trondenes Church (Norwegian: Trondenes kirke) is the northernmost medieval stone church of Norway and the world's northernmost surviving medieval building. It is a parish church in the municipality of Harstad in Troms county, Norway. It is located in the village of Trondenes. The church is part of the Trondenes parish in the Trondenes deanery in the Diocese of Nord-Hålogaland.[1]

Though frequently mentioned as a 13th-century church, dating based on dendrochronology places its completion shortly after 1434. Compared to the other ten north Norwegian Medieval stone churches, Trondenes church is well preserved and the exterior is close to the original state. The nave is 22.6 metres (74 ft) long and the chancel is 13.5 metres (44 ft), making it one of the largest medieval churches of rural Norway. In the late Medieval period, Trondenes served as the main church centre of Northern Norway.

The church is especially known for its rich decorations, including three gothic triptychs, one of which is made by the German Hanseatic artist Bernt Notke. The baroque pulpit is equipped with an hourglass to allow the minister to time long sermons. The organ dates from the late 18th century. In the choir section, one can see remnants of medieval frescoes.

The church is probably the third church on the site, the first stave church was built in the 11th century, the second in the 12th. The second church was fortified with stone walls and ramparts, remnants of which can be seen around the church.

The church used to have a little turret, which was demolished. Now the bells are rung from a little tower in the graveyard.

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  1. ^ "Trondenes kirke" (in Norwegian). Kirkesøk: Kirkebyggdatabasen. Retrieved 2012-08-24.