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Tromoy Church, Arendal

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Tromøy Church is a long church on the island of Tromøy, Norway. The church was built 1150 and was later expanded into a cruciform church in 1748. As a medieval building, it automatically has protected cultural heritage status.DescriptionThe church is a medieval stone church. It is the parish church of the Parish of Tromøy in the Deanery of Arendal, and can seat 290 people.The church stands between Hove and Brekka, on the outer shore of the island of Tromøy. Before afforestation took place in the late 1900s, the church was visible from the sea. The church was used as a landmark for navigation in the Skagerrak because it was an easily recognizable element in the outline of the coast seen by sailors. It is marked on all nautical charts, and until 1940 the National Office for Lighthouses and Coastal Safety (Statens fyr- og merkevesen) was responsible for painting the church's south walls white.The first priest known to have served at the church was Sira Ifvar, mentioned in a court document from 1320.As late as 1794, Tromøy Church was the parish church for Holt, which covered a much larger geographic area than Tromøy itself, and many had a long journey to church that was hazardous in winter. Since 1878 they have been separate parishes; the mainland portion of the parish of Tromøy covered an area from Strømsbu (west of Arendal) to Eydehavn, at that time part of the municipality of Austre Moland.Original churchTromøy Church probably originally had a rectangular layout that concluded with an apse facing east. Its walls are 1.5m thick. Experts that have studied the church believe that the first church was built in the old style and that it may be one of the oldest churches built in Norway. The structure's style and details suggest that it is one of the oldest existing churches in Norway today. Archaeological excavations are required for more accurate dating. In Old Norwegian the church was called Thrumu kirkja (Thrumu Church). The church was then extended and the choir was expanded to the east. This probably took place in the Middle Ages during the Gothic period, at some point between 1300 and 1400. Tromoy Church is just one of the many highlights you can arrange to see using our , world travel planner Edition.
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  • We got married at this church in 2006. We chose this church because of its intimacy and nice location. The inside is really special and differs from others. For visitors I believe the location of the....  more
    We got married at this church in 2006. We chose this church because of its intimacy and nice location. The inside is really special and differs from others. For visitors I believe the location of the....  more »
  • From the outside it is a most lovely little church. view out to the open sea. The original part built in stone is from the 11th Century and has been added on and also restored. It is beautiful inside....  more
    From the outside it is a most lovely little church. view out to the open sea. The original part built in stone is from the 11th Century and has been added on and also restored. It is beautiful inside....  more »
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  • Nica old church at a surprisingly remote location.
  • If you are like old buildings and history- a visit to this church is a must, especially inside where it's old decor and darker colour was used

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