Sorvaer Church, Hammerfest

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  • Dønnesfjord church is a long church from 1888 in Hasvik municipality, Finnmark county. The building is made of wood and has 120 places. It is Hasvik municipality's oldest building, all other buildings were included during the German burning of Finnmark in 1944-45. The church has a towering silhouette at the far end of Lopphavet at the far end of Dønnesfjorden on Sørøya. The church, originally built in Galten trading post, was not set on fire by the Germans when they withdrew from Finnmark in 1944. It was the only building in Hasvik that remained after the war. In 1951, the church was moved to where it is today. Permanent residents no longer use the church in the winter. Church services are held once a year, in the middle of summer. The then parish priest Paul Skuland in Hasvik proposed to sell the church for a penny, but the National Heritage Board opposed this and put forward proposals for protection. NOK 750,000 was allocated to refurbish the church, which happened in 2005. Now it stands for another 30 years, freshly painted and with white-painted window shutters. The church was protected in 2009. To get to Dønnesfjord, you arrive by road from Hasvik and Breivikbotn.

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