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“It's a must visit” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Kongsberg Church

Kongsberg Church
Kirketorget, Kongsberg 3616, Norway
+47 32 29 90 50
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Ranked #2 of 7 Attractions in Kongsberg
Type: Churches/ Cathedrals, Cultural
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Owner description: The largest Baroque/Roccoco Church in Norway The Church of Kongsberg is the largest baroque/roccoco church in Norway seating 2400 people. The Church is a unique structure with altar, pulpit and pipe organ built into one manificent altar wall facing the treasurebearing mountain. The church interior also features a beautifully decorated kings loge and two enormous glass chandeleirs from Nostetangen Glassverk. The Gloger organ Gottfried Heinrich Gloger designed, built and installed the famous Gloger organ in Kongsberg church. It is said to be Northern-Europes largest baroque instrument, and is frequented by some of the greatest organ players in the world.
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“It's a must visit”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2013

Enjoyed visiting this church so much I did it twice. It's in beautiful surroundings and the architecture is magnificent. Go along and pay a visit - you will be glad you did.

Visited June 2013
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“Brilliant piece of Norwegian rococo interior, baroque organ - and lots of seats”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2013

Dating back to 1761, after 2o years of contruction, this is perhaps one of the most interesting churches in Norway, perhaps apart from some of the stave churches. The interior is simple (drawn by a pietist), but the inside is a trinket box. Here we find a Gloger organ - actually the largest baroque instrument North of Hamburg. This magnificent organ has given name to an annual chamber music festival in Kongsberg (Glogerfestspillene), held in January each year.
The pulpit, the altarpiece and other interior is considered the principal rococo work in Norway, with the painted woodcarvings created by the Danish-Norwegian artist Henrik Beck (1718 - 1776), who has decorated also other churches; and who is also famous for his decorative works with moulds used in iron foundries for the production of stoves.
No other church in Norway has more seats than Kongsberg Church - 2400.
And the City of Kongsberg is attraction in its own right with its history of silver mining, education, mint, hi-tech industry, commuications ...

Visited March 2012
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