Masi Church

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Masi Church
Masi kirke
Masi kirke.JPG
View of the church
69°26′37″N 23°39′57″E / 69.443607°N 23.665784°E / 69.443607; 23.665784Coordinates: 69°26′37″N 23°39′57″E / 69.443607°N 23.665784°E / 69.443607; 23.665784
Troms og Finnmark
DenominationChurch of Norway
ChurchmanshipEvangelical Lutheran
StatusParish church
Functional statusActive
Architect(s)Rolf Harlew Jenssen
Architectural typeRectangular
Completed1965 (56 years ago) (1965)
DeaneryIndre Finnmark prosti
StatusNot protected

Masi Church (Norwegian: Masi kirke) is a parish church of the Church of Norway in Kautokeino Municipality in Troms og Finnmark county, Norway. It is located in the village of Masi. It is one of the churches for the Kautokeino parish which is part of the Indre Finnmark prosti (deanery) in the Diocese of Nord-Hålogaland. The brown, wooden church was built in a rectangular style in 1965 using plans drawn up by the architect Rolf Harlew Jenssen. The church seats about 150 people.[1][2]

View of the altar


The first chapel in Masi was built in 1729 by Thomas von Westen to serve and evangelize the local Sami people. The first building here was an annex chapel under the Talvik Church parish. This church was about 12 by 12 metres (39 ft × 39 ft) and its ceiling height was just under 2 metres (6.6 ft). The chapel was closed in 1778. By the 20th century, the ruins of the old chapel had long since disappeared. On 19 July 1927, a royal resolution was passed which authorized the construction of a new chapel in Masi. In 1931, a new wooden church which was designed by Høegh Omdal was completed. The church was consecrated on 11 March 1931 by the Bishop Eivind Berggrav. The church was not used very long because near the end of World War II in 1944, the retreating German army burned the church. After the war when there were funds available, the church was rebuilt. It was completed in 1965.[3][4]

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  1. ^ "Masi kirke" (in Norwegian). Kirkesøk: Kirkebyggdatabasen. Retrieved 2 April 2013.
  2. ^ "Oversikt over Nåværende Kirker" (in Norwegian). Retrieved 22 May 2018.
  3. ^ "Masi kirkested" (in Norwegian). Norwegian Directorate for Cultural Heritage. Retrieved 13 February 2021.
  4. ^ Gabrielsen, Trond (6 August 2009). "Innvielsen av Máze kapell". Ságat (in Norwegian) (149). Retrieved 13 February 2021.

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