Kvinnherad Church

Kvinnherad, Norway

Kvinnherad Church was built around 1250 and restored in 1670 and 1913. It was probably the main church for the region in the Middle Ages, but in 1678 it became a private church for the baron of the Barony Rosendal, and was not parish church again until 1910. The church has a rectangular nave and choir, is little changed since the Middle Ages. All of the Gothic portals and windows are kept, which are relatively rare. The windows are simple and gothic, and the same in the south and the north portal. West Portal is richer decorated and flanked by double small columns. The windows in the chancel to the south and east, with triple bows and rosettes above is stylistically influenced by the “Bergen gothic”. The burial chapel north of the chancel, was built for the 1670s, Rosenkrantz century. In 1913 we built the sacristy door to the burial chamber.

The interior has undergone great changes. By medieval fixtures are preserved only the altar in the church, and two gothic watches. The pulpit in the Renaissance style dates from the first half of the 1600s, and in 1670 the number received roof ceiling with cloud paintings. The altarpiece from 1705 was released by baron Rosenkrantz, and their coat of arms is painted below the picture of the Last Supper and the crucifixion. The pictures are framed by columns and are carved in thin and elegant acanthus leaf pattern.

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Founded: 1250
Category: Religious sites in Norway

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Rafi Salman (43 days ago)
Very beautiful place, some day i want go here
Knut Johan (2 months ago)
Great church
Yina Chan (8 months ago)
So pretty! This beautiful church is situated up the hill from the main street of Rosendal. The view is breathtaking from all sides. The mountains frame it in a picturesque scenery.
R Stunetii (2 years ago)
While the church is somewhat small, its size and plainness says a lot about the modesty of rural Norwegian Lutheranism. The stone corners juxtaposed with the white stucco gives the church a clear sense of depth, especially against the natural summertime green background. The view from the church is absolutely beautiful.
PJ P (2 years ago)
Looks a splendid church - from the outside. I was very disappointed to find it locked at midday in late July. Given the well used daily boat trip from Bergen I would have expected this church to be open even if only for few hours.
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