Kirkenes Church, Finnmark, Norway

Sofus Hougen
Date Built
Consecrated 1959
Kirkegata 5, Kirkenes 9900
Kirkenes Church is situated on a slightly raised site overlooking the sea at the edge of the town centre.

The Arkitekturguide website says of it that, "... The positioning of the church follows the traditional pattern with entrance to the west and the chancel to the east. However, it is somewhat more unusual that the tower is a vertical extension of the chancel. The seating capacity is 275. ....

.... The concrete church has slate roofs. The design and choice of materials are quite typical of many North Norwegian churches from the reconstruction era following World War 2, that is, traditional shape with modern materials.  There were big discussions about the location of the new church, and in the end Kirkenes' parishoners did get their wish fulfilled: the new church was to be built in the same place as the one they had lost."

The architect designed the church in the 1940s but construction didn't begin until 1957.

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