St. John's Church

Bergen, Norway

St. John's Church was built between 1891 and 1894 in the Gothic Revival style. With 1250 seats, it is the largest church in Bergen.

In 1888, an architectural contest was conducted for the design of a new church. It was built from drawings by architect, Herman Major Backer (1856–1932). The frescoes in the Church's ceiling date from 1924 and were completed by Hugo Lous Mohr (1889-1970). The building process was first lead by architect Adolf Fischer and from 1891 by Hans Heinrich Jess. The church was consecrated in 1894.

The organ was built by Schlag and Sohn of Wurttemberg. It was modernized by JH Jørgensen of Oslo during 1967. The altarpiece depicts Christ in prayer and was designed in 1894 by Marcus Grønvold. The church tower is the highest in the city at 61 metres. The main tower has four stair towers and a carillon. It was designed by Verein Bochum in Bochum, Westphalia.

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Sydnesplassen 5, Bergen, Norway
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Founded: 1891-1894
Category: Religious sites in Norway

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Sandeep Sen (6 months ago)
It was raining so we decided to see the Organ recital late evening. Fantastic decision. The church has a wooden roof which made it look very different and classy. Worth a visit when you’re in Bergen, where it rains 220 days.
MMO Mao (12 months ago)
Spectacular❤️ fun with those plentiful of steps but as soon you get to the top then you have the most amazing viewof the City centre . A must visit!
Steve Clements (2 years ago)
Surprisingly austere for a Catholic Church but definitely worth climbing the steps to visit. Lovely dark wood vaulted ceiling and geometric-patterned stained glass. If you're in Bergen, do pay a visit.
Lukasz Salamon (3 years ago)
Very interesting structure placed in beautiful surrounding with some nice architectural gems of norwegian design.
Claudio Alejandro Canales Chacana (3 years ago)
Beautiful views of the mountains surrounding Bergen city.
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