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.References:
Sirmione castle was built near the end of the 12th century as part of a defensive network surrounding Verona. The castle was maintained and extended first as part of the Veronese protection against their rivals in Milan and later under the control of the Venetian inland empire. The massive fortress is totally surrounded by water and has an inner porch which houses a Roman and Medieval lapidary. From the drawbridge, a staircase leads to the walkways above the walls, providing a marvellous view of the harbour that once sheltered the Scaliger fleet. The doors were fitted with a variety of locking systems, including a drawbridge for horses, carriages and pedestrians, a metal grate and, more recently, double hinged doors. Venice conquered Sirmione in 1405, immediately adopting provisions to render the fortress even more secure, fortifying its outer walls and widening the harbour.
Thanks to its strategical geographical location as a border outpost, Sirmione became a crucial defence and control garrison for the ruling nobles, retaining this function until the 16th century, when its role was taken up by Peschiera del Garda.