Gjerde Church

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Gjerde Church
Gjerde kyrkje
Gjerde kirke.jpg
View of the church
Gjerde Church is located in Hordaland
Gjerde Church
Gjerde Church
Location in Hordaland county
Gjerde Church is located in Norway
Gjerde Church
Gjerde Church
Gjerde Church (Norway)
59°39′51″N 5°56′05″E / 59.6641°N 5.9348°E / 59.6641; 5.9348Coordinates: 59°39′51″N 5°56′05″E / 59.6641°N 5.9348°E / 59.6641; 5.9348
Location Etne, Hordaland
Country Norway
Denomination Church of Norway
Churchmanship Evangelical Lutheran
Status Parish church
Functional status Active
Completed 1676
Capacity 250
Materials Wood
Parish Etne
Deanery Sunnhordland prosti
Diocese Diocese of Bjørgvin

Gjerde Church (Norwegian: Gjerde kyrkje) is a parish church in Etne municipality in Hordaland county, Norway. It is located in the village of Etnesjøen, just south of the village centre. The church is part of the Etne parish in the Sunnhordland deanery in the Diocese of Bjørgvin.[1][2]


The church at Gjerde in Etnesjøen is first mentioned in historical records in 1288, but it was built some time before that. That church was most likely a stave church that was in use until 1673 when it was badly damaged in a storm and it was torn down. Instead of rebuilding, the parish purchased another church that was moved here from Sandviken in Bergen. The new church was completed in 1676 and has been in use since that time. This white, wooden church seats about 250 people. The church bell dates back to 1315. The bell is inscribed (in Norwegian): "Jakob made me 1315. Pastor Erling had me made."[3][4]

See also


  1. ^ "Gjerde kyrkje, Etne". Kirkesøk: Kirkebyggdatabasen. Retrieved 2015-04-09.
  2. ^ "Oversikt over Nåværende Kirker" (in Norwegian). KirkeKonsulenten.no. Retrieved 2015-04-09.
  3. ^ "Kyrkjer og kapell i Etne" (PDF). Etne kyrkjelege fellesråd. Retrieved 2015-04-09.
  4. ^ "Kirker i Hordaland fylke" (in Norwegian). DIS-Hordaland. Retrieved 2015-04-09.

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