8 Churches to explore in Møre og Romsdal
It is an area of iconic fjords but also of beautiful mountains, countless waterfalls, myriad islands, rugged coasts, and great valleys.
Ålesund Church was built in 1909 after the old church from 1854 was destroyed in the Great Town Fire of 1904. The church is built in concrete and Norwegian marble and is beautifully decorated with stained glass windows and frescoes. The church is usually closed on Monday and Saturday,
Borgund Church is situated in the old trading community Borgundkaupangen and is partially built on the remains of the old St. Peter's Church from the 12th century. Most parts of today's church are from 1904, with lovely carvings by Nicolai Mejdel og Hans Johannessen.
Geiranger Church is an octagonal church built-in 1842 in timber, seating 120. The architect was Hans Klipe. It is located in the village of Geiranger, and the end of the famous Geirangerfjorden. The first church was a stave church that was about 6 metres wide and about 17 metres long. That church was torn down in 1742. Two years later, a new cruciform church on the same site was completed.
Grip Stave Church is a historic parish church of the Church of Norway in Kristiansund Municipality in Møre og Romsdal county, Norway. It is located in the now-abandoned fishing village of Grip on the small island of Grip about 14 kilometers northwest of the town of Kristiansund. It was an annex church for the Kristiansund parish which is part of the Ytre Nordmøre prosti in the Diocese of Møre. The white, wooden church was built in a rectangular stave church style in 1470 by an unknown architect.
Designed by the architect Odd Østby on the theme "Rock Crystals In Roses " and consecrated in 1964, this is perhaps Norway's most daring church building. When light flows through the 320 color glass windows in all shades of red and yellow, the 30-meter high chancel wall is transformed into a symphony of colors.
A beautiful and special stave church. it was built in the period 1631 – 33, and not in the 13th century! This makes Kvernes unique: Norways only stave church built after the Middle Ages. Inside the church, there is choir screen with a crucifix and royal monogram, baroque pulpit, painted acanthus decorations. The altarpiece is from 1475.
The cathedral, which was consecrated in 1957, is a double-nave long church in a Gothic style. A 50-meter high freestanding bell tower culminates in a copper-clad pyramid. The interior of the church contains some lovely stained glass, and is richly decorated. It is the third church to be built on the site. The two first ones burned down, but an old wooden cross and Axel Ender's "Easter Morning" altarpiece were rescued from the flames.
The history of this church dates back to the 13th century, and a crucifix from that period is among the oldest furnishings. A new chancel and sacristy was built in the 17th century and restored to its present look early in the 18th century. Daily guiding during the summer season. The brown, wooden church was built in a long church style during the 12th century by an unknown architect. The church seats about 100 people.