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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Andrea Sabera (2 years ago)
Good view
Lorinda Winter (3 years ago)
Beautiful old church with magnificent wood carvings and stained glass windows, the organ music was wonderful and the church service, although in Norwegian, was a memory to remain with us on Christmas Day far from our home country.
Tsung-Jen Pu (3 years ago)
Good atmosphere in the church
ade0410 (3 years ago)
A very impressed church near the centre of Bergen. It was closed when we visited but it had stunning architecture. Has a prominent position looking into the city. Worth a look. Shame it wasn't open though.
Thomas G (3 years ago)
Great church, fantastic location!
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