Rafsbotn Chapel

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Rafsbotn Chapel
Rafsbotn kapell
Rafsbotn Kapell.jpeg
View of the church
70°01′08″N 23°32′03″E / 70.018949°N 23.534228°E / 70.018949; 23.534228Coordinates: 70°01′08″N 23°32′03″E / 70.018949°N 23.534228°E / 70.018949; 23.534228
LocationAlta Municipality,
Troms og Finnmark
DenominationChurch of Norway
ChurchmanshipEvangelical Lutheran
StatusParish church
Consecrated27 Aug 1989
Functional statusActive
Architect(s)Arne Rasmussen
and Asbjørn Nilsen
Architectural typeLong church
Completed1989 (32 years ago) (1989)
DeaneryAlta prosti

Rafsbotn Chapel (Norwegian: Rafsbotn kapell) is a parish church of the Church of Norway in Alta Municipality in Troms og Finnmark county, Norway. It is located in the village of Rafsbotn. It is one of the churches for the Alta parish which is part of the Alta prosti (deanery) in the Diocese of Nord-Hålogaland. The white, wooden church was built in a long church style in 1989 using plans drawn up by the architects Arne Rasmussen and Asbjørn Nilsen. The church seats about 100 people.[1][2][3]


The first chapel in Rafsbotn was built around 1920. Money was raised through raffles, bazaars, gifts and volunteer work. The house was built of timber, and it was burned by the Germans in 1944. A new chapel was completed in 1949 and it was somewhat larger. It was financed through war damages and mortgages. The Laestadians were the owners of the chapel. In 1988, the Alta parish took over the ownership of the chapel and at that time it was rebuilt and restored with the intention of converting it into a full church for use by the parish. This work was carried out by contractor Arne Rasmussen. On Sunday, 27 August 1989, the building was consecrated as a church by Bishop Arvid H. Nergård.[4]

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  1. ^ "Oversikt over Nåværende Kirker" (in Norwegian). KirkeKonsulenten.no. Retrieved 15 May 2018.
  2. ^ "Rafsbotn kapell" (in Norwegian). Kirkesøk: Kirkebyggdatabasen. Retrieved 22 January 2013.
  3. ^ "Rafsbotn kapell" (in Norwegian). Alta kirkelige fellesråd. Archived from the original on 22 July 2015. Retrieved 22 January 2013.
  4. ^ Aslaksen, Leif; Mathisen, Erling (27 February 2011). "Fra bedehus til kapell". Rafsbotn-Historie.no (in Norwegian). Retrieved 15 February 2021.

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