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Svalbard Kirke, Longyearbyen

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Svalbard Church (Norwegian: Svalbard kirke) is a parish church of the Church of Norway in Svalbard municipality in Norway. It is located in the village of Longyearbyen. It is the church for the Svalbard parish which is part of the Tromsø domprosti (arch-deanery) in the Diocese of Nord-Hålogaland. The red, wooden church was built in a rectangular design in 1958 using plans drawn up by the architect Hans Magnus. The church seats about 140 people.
It was the northernmost church in the world until 2017 when the St. Nicholas Russian Orthodox Church was built in Nagurskoye air force base in Russia.
The very isolated church has one minister and two other employees. Svalbard Church is the only church in Svalbard archipelago, but there is a Russian Orthodox chapel in Barentsburg. The Svalbard Church minister visits other communities on Svalbard including Svea and Ny-Ålesund.
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  • Such a beautiful and unusual church (especially for French people) : small, pretty and heated. It's the real house of God where you can pray, meditate, read or just spend good time with coffee or...  more »
  • the priest is very helpful and also has time to let you know more about the history of svalbard. a small walk worth doing  more »
  • Pretty decoration inside the church. Lovely and clean. Shop inside with honesty box if no one is in.
  • It's a nice place to sit a moment. Not what I normally expect at a church, with a lovely lounge /talking area. Very nice.
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