Flåm Church

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Location
60°50'13"N
007°07'18"E
Country
 Norway
Categories
  • Sacral
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Flåm Church (Norwegian: Flåm kyrkje) is a parish church in Aurland Municipality in Vestland county, Norway. It is located in the village of Flåm. It is the church for the Flåm parish which is part of the Sogn prosti (deanery) in the Diocese of Bjørgvin. The brown, wooden church was built in a long church style in 1670 by master builder Magne Essen using designs by an unknown architect. The church seats about 160 people.

History

The earliest existing historical records of the church date back to the year 1340, but the church was not new that year. The original church was likely a stave church and by 1661 it was described as being in miserable condition. The church was replaced by a new church about 2 kilometres (1.2 mi) to the north in Fretheim, but the old church wasn't torn down. Unfortunately, the new church was significantly damaged in a wind storm the following year. In 1670, both churches (the medieval stave church and the new church) were torn down and the materials from the two churches were reused in the building of a new church on the site of the old stave church.

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