Skarsvåg Church

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Skarsvåg Church
Skarsvåg kirke
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71°06′36″N 25°49′04″E / 71.109900°N 25.817695°E / 71.109900; 25.817695Coordinates: 71°06′36″N 25°49′04″E / 71.109900°N 25.817695°E / 71.109900; 25.817695
Troms og Finnmark
DenominationChurch of Norway
ChurchmanshipEvangelical Lutheran
Former name(s)Skarsvåg kapell
Consecrated6 Aug 1961
Functional statusActive
Architect(s)Rolf Harlew Jenssen
Architectural typeLong church
Completed1961 (60 years ago) (1961)
DeaneryHammerfest prosti
StatusNot protected

Skarsvåg Church (Norwegian: Skarsvåg kirke) is a chapel[1] of the Church of Norway in Nordkapp Municipality in Troms og Finnmark county, Norway. It is located in the village of Skarsvåg on the northern end of the island of Magerøya. It is an annex chapel[1] for the Nordkapp parish which is part of the Hammerfest prosti (deanery) in the Diocese of Nord-Hålogaland. The white, wooden church was built in a long church style in 1961 using plans drawn up by the architect Rolf Harlew Jenssen. The church seats about 60 people.[2]


The first mention of the church in existing historical records was in 1589, but that was not the year the church was built. That medieval church was located near the mouth of the fjord at Lille Skarsvåg, about 3.5 kilometres (2.2 mi) northeast of the present site of the church. In 1748, the church was torn down. Many years later, a new Skarsvåg Chapel was built in the village of Skarsvåg, at the innermost part of the fjord, about 3.5 kilometres (2.2 mi) southwest of the medieval church site. The new chapel was consecrated on 6 August 1961 by the Bishop Alf Wiig. The building was called Skarsvåg Chapel until 1999 when it was renamed as a "church".[3][4]

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  1. ^ Jump up to: a b "Oversikt over Nåværende Kirker" (in Norwegian). Retrieved 22 May 2018.
  2. ^ "Skarsvåg kirke". Nordkapp menighet (in Norwegian). Retrieved 14 February 2021.
  3. ^ "Skarsvåg gamle kirkested, Lille Skarsvåg" (in Norwegian). Norwegian Directorate for Cultural Heritage. Retrieved 14 February 2021.
  4. ^ "Skarsvåg kirkested / Skarsvåg kirke 2" (in Norwegian). Norwegian Directorate for Cultural Heritage. Retrieved 14 February 2021.

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