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The northermost norwegian city's church

 The northermost norwegian cities church

von tintenbrot     Norwegen > Nord-Norge > Finnmark

N 70° 58.675' E 025° 58.684' (WGS84)

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 Zeitaufwand: 0:05 h   Strecke: 0.5 km
 Versteckt am: 30. Juli 2017
 Veröffentlicht am: 31. Juli 2017
 Letzte Änderung: 31. Juli 2017
 Listing: https://opencaching.de/OC13234

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The church in Honningsvåg was consecrated in 1885 after a hurricane razed the old church in Kjelvik to the ground. The church is built in the neo Gothic style and has an important position in the population. Not least because of the burning of Finnmark in 1945. After the war the church was used as accommodation, bakery and kitchen, and today stands a symbol of hope, courage and unity - and as a tourist attraction in Honningsvåg.

BACKGROUND

Throughout history there have been numerous churches in the area which makes up the present-day district of Nordkapp. In the olden days, people tended to live on the seaward side of the Magerøya Island since it was important to be as close as possible to the fishing areas. We know that in 1589 there were six churches on the island of Magerøya: one in Kirkesstappen just outside Gjesvær, and the others in Tunes, Opnan, Helnes, Lille Skarsvåg and Kjelvik. These churches were probably built during the Middle Ages and there is much evidence to suggest that the church at Kjelvik dates back to the late fifteenth century. However, a number of the small fishing communities were abandoned during the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries and by around 1800 the islands only church was in Kjelvik. In 1882, Finnmark was hit by a terrible hurricane and the church in Kjelvik (consecrated in 1844) was razed to the ground. Afterwards it was decided that the new church would have to be built on a different site and there was a lengthy discussion as to whether the church should be built in Sarnes or in Honningsvåg. In the end, Honningsvåg was chosen thanks to its central geographical position in the local authority and the fact that it had the best harbour. What is more, Karesius Løkke provided the land at Honningsvåg free of charge.

HONNINGSVÅG CHURCH - CONSECRATED IN 1885

Once a decision had been made where to build the new church, there was naturally some discussion as to its design and size. The first suggestion, drawn up by architect JW Nordan, was a church with a long nave construction with seating for 210. The local authority council felt that this would be far too small and that the church should seat at least 400, since around 800 fishermen visited the area every summer. When the new church was finally built, it seated 255. DG Evjen was the master builder responsible for the construction of the church. He had previously built several churches in Finnmark, including Talvik church in Alta. Honningsvåg church was consecrated on 22 October 1885 by the Reverend Mr Balke, rural dean of Karasjok. The church’s graveyard was consecrated in 1910 and subsequently expanded in 1930.

ARCHITECTURE AND FITTINGS

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Honningsvåg church is built in a neo-Gothic style. The second half of the nineteenth century saw a good deal of church building in Norway and most of the churches from this period are neo-Gothic, based on the ideal of the old cathedrals. They were built with long naves, and had pointed arches and a retracted chancel. Most of the fittings were donated by the local Reading Association, whose benefactions included the altar reredos dating from 1913, painted by Conrad Valeur and depicting motifs from Mathew 14. The church also contains two crystal candlesticks which were presented to the church by HRH King Olav to mark the church’s centenary celebrations.

HONNINGSVÅG CHURCH IN 1945

When the occupying German forces retreated from Finnmark in the autumn of 1944 they employed a "scorched earth" policy. In Honningsvåg every building except for the church and the morgue were burned to the ground. Most of the area’s inhabitants were evacuated to southern Norway, and when the first people returned in the summer of 1945 they were met by a depressing sight. However, the fact that the whitewashed church stood undamaged was enough to give the people renewed hope and courage. The first people to return moved into the church which came to be used as a place to sleep, a storage area and a kitchen.

Source: visitnorway.com

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gefunden Der Cache ist in gutem oder akzeptablem Zustand. 26. September 2021 j-he hat den Geocache gefunden

3 weeks for a trip to the far north of Norway is little time when travelling by car from Germany. I knew that this meant a lot of driving almost every day, but that did not deter me. It is great, being allowed to travel again! Lachend
The ninth day and stage of my trip let me from Skarsvåg to Storslett and into Reisadalen.
But my first stop was in Honningsvåg, to drop of two postcards in the mailbox and hoping to find some souvenirs (there was only one shop and nothing I wanted to buy).
Of course I also visited the church. Unfortunately it was closed, like most churches I visited.

Thanks for the virtual

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gefunden 30. Juli 2020, 14:32 Sibylle4 hat den Geocache gefunden

Gefunden auf dem Rückweg vom Nordkap 🙂

gefunden 04. Juli 2019, 16:05 ufade hat den Geocache gefunden

Auf dem Weg zum Nordkapp.

gefunden 24. Mai 2019, 15:00 BiRaM hat den Geocache gefunden

Tolle Stadt, wir sind hier auf dem Rückweg vom Nordkapp für ein paar Stunden hängengeblieben. Nach King Crab und anderen Besichtigungen haben wir auch hier vorbei geschaut. Schöne Kirche, danke fürs Herlotzen.  THX4$

gefunden 31. August 2018 LadyHorst hat den Geocache gefunden

Heute kamen wir in Hånningsvag vorbei und entdeckten diesen virtuellen Cache, dessen Logbuch leer war. Das müssen geändert werden! Zwinkernd