Kirkenes Church
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This church is owned and operated by The Church of Norway, the largest religious community in the country. It is an Evangelical-Lutheran church, and approx. 69% of the Norwegian population belong to it. There are eight cemeteries and six church buildings in Sør-Varanger parish. The first church building was consecrated in 1862 it was the district’s main church until it was destroyed by fire in 1944 after being bombed by Soviet planes. (Kirkenes was an important German port under the Second World War.) Only the spire remained. This was removed from the ruins and today can be seen standing in the left corner of the present church, together with a picture of the old building. The new church, was finished in 1959. The architect was Sofus Haugen. The church is open during services, and we try to keep it open from Tuesday to Friday if our staff does not have other activities in the district churches. Information about upcoming services can be found on the information board or website.
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Krista W
Los Angeles, CA881 contributions
Feb 2019 • Solo
I took a kick-sled tour of the city and this was one of the places we w to. I later went back and was able to go inside and later I went on Sunday for mass. If it is open, it's worth a look inside..
Written March 7, 2019
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Beverley H
Dorset, UK133 contributions
Jan 2019 • Friends
Built in 1959, the church is pretty well central in the town, and a good navigation point. Like many northern Scandinavian churches it is functional and with understated decoration. Certainly worth a visit for the whole picture of Kirkenes
Written February 13, 2019
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simply-peregrinating
Waddington, UK2,757 contributions
Jan 2018 • Friends
The church is quite a size with a tall tower topped with a wooden section. It is easily seen near to the centre of town. Inside are rows of green pews, paintings on the walls and an unusual cross above the altar.

There is a toilet too at the back of church.
Written January 21, 2018
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Dena p
Tonsberg, Norway32 contributions
May 2022
see a slice of the devastation from WWII when you walk through the old surrounding cemetary that has seen better days. But reading the headstones and seeing those that had been broken was special
Written May 14, 2022
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nick_ng
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia968 contributions
Feb 2020
The interior of this church is beautiful. It is warm and welcoming, you feel at ease inside this building.
Written February 15, 2020
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rohizani
penang160 contributions
Nov 2019
We took photos here as our hotel was very near to the church. Very beautiful when covered in snow.
We met locals who then explained about this church.
Written December 6, 2019
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Annie R
Leesburg, VA107 contributions
Oct 2019 • Solo
This appears to be the only church in Kirkenes and yet it’s a block away from Church Street. It’s also fairly new and has no sign outside so I don’t know if it’s Catholic, Lutheran or Russian orthodox. I couldn’t get inside so I could only take pictures of the outside. Not very impressive.
Written October 4, 2019
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TWal1
Canberra, Australia2,588 contributions
Aug 2019 • Solo
Built in 1959, the Kirkenes Church is a prominent building in the town due to its stark white colour. The grounds are well kept and it is readily accessible. Luckily, the church was open, and the inside is simple with a stunning crucifix over the altar. The simple stained glass windows add to the beauty. Worth a look.
Thanks for your vote.
Written August 16, 2019
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Michael P
Haddenham, UK550 contributions
Apr 2019 • Couples
Appreciated walking around the church, but entry was denied. Why are so many of Norway's churches locked?
Written April 22, 2019
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Joni H
Singapore, Singapore1,765 contributions
Jun 2018 • Solo
From my room I can see the church, a rather tall structure near the city center so one can’t miss it. Didn’t manage to see the interior but from the exterior it looked simple and rather elegant. Interestingly I used this landmark to monitor the midnight sun and every time I looked at it, it gave me a slightly different feel (juz like in diff seasons?)
Written July 7, 2018
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