The wooden Sjernarøy church was built in 1636 and has 160 seats. The walls and ceiling inside the church are decorated with floral paintings. Alfred Hauge Memorial is located just by Sjernarøy church. Alfred Hauge was a recognised author, born at Sjernarøy 17 October 1915. Hauge has written more than twenty books, both prose and poetry. His first work, Septemberfrost, was published in 1941. Hauge kept writing until his death in 1986. He has received several awards for his litterary work.References:
The Church of St Donatus name refers to Donatus of Zadar, who began construction on this church in the 9th century and ended it on the northeastern part of the Roman forum. It is the largest Pre-Romanesque building in Croatia.
The beginning of the building of the church was placed to the second half of the 8th century, and it is supposed to have been completed in the 9th century. The Zadar bishop and diplomat Donat (8th and 9th centuries) is credited with the building of the church. He led the representations of the Dalmatian cities to Constantinople and Charles the Great, which is why this church bears slight resemblance to Charlemagne"s court chapels, especially the one in Aachen, and also to the Basilica of San Vitale in Ravenna. It belongs to the Pre-Romanesque architectural period.
The circular church, formerly domed, is 27 m high and is characterised by simplicity and technical primitivism.