Larvik Church

Larvik, Norway

In 1677, the seaside village of Larvik was established as a kjøpstad (market town). Soon after this, Ulrik Frederik Gyldenløve applied to the King for permission to build a church in the new town. The new church was consecrated on 6 January 1677. The building was constructed as a long church using yellow brick. In 1706, the exterior was covered with a yellow plaster. In 1742, a sacristy was built on the southern end of the building. In 1762, a church porch with a large clock/bell tower was built at the main entrance to the nave.

In 1814, this church served as an election church (valgkirke). 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.

From 1859 to 1864, the church was rebuilt according to drawings by architect Christian Heinrich Grosch. This included a new neo-Gothic altarpiece and pulpit, new pews, and new second floor seating galleries. The most important change during this renovation was that external buttresses were built into the exterior walls in order to reinforce them. In 1906, the sacristy was enlarged. In the 1970s, the basement under the church was converted into a church hall.



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Founded: 1677
Category: Religious sites in Norway

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Sofie Nilsen (2 years ago)
Great church. Some solid outdoor area
Stein Magne Hop (Hoper'n) (3 years ago)
Church concerts that are varied, well organized and of high artistic quality! Always great events! Great experience every time! Can be recomended!
Alf Andreas Stray Rambo (5 years ago)
It's okay.
Per-Olaf Skoglund Røed (5 years ago)
I was baptized here 50 years ago
Kari Nord Pedersen (5 years ago)
Great church. We were at a wedding, and the priest was fantastically nice. Great speech and an inner calm with humor❤
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