The octagonal wooden Bakke Church was built in 1715 and designed by the architect Johan Christopher Hempel. It is the oldest building in the Bakklandet area of Trondheim since it was the only building that was spared during the Swedish siege of 1718. After World War I, the Innherredsveien road (the old European route E6 highway) was widened and upgraded and the church was located too close to and the church became a major traffic obstruction. This led to plans to demolish the church, especially after the opening of the new Bakke bridge in 1927. It was decided to save the church, so the whole church was jacked up with a jack and moved several feet to the side in 1939. Then it was restored and consecrated again in 1941.

Although it is part of the established (Lutheran) Church of Norway, Bakke Church is also home to Trondheim's small Eastern Orthodox Church congregation, who do not possess their own church building.

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