Nesseby Church, Varangerbotn

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Nesseby Church (Norwegian: Nesseby kirke) is a parish church of the Church of Norway in Nesseby Municipality in Troms og Finnmark county, Norway. It is located in the village of Nesseby, overlooking the Varangerfjorden. It is the church for the Nesseby parish which is part of the Indre Finnmark prosti (deanery) in the Diocese of Nord-Hålogaland. The prayer books in this church are in the Northern Sami language, since that is the predominant language for the people of the area.

Designed by Christian Heinrich Grosch and built of wood in 1858, it has seats for 250 people. It was fully restored in 1983. The church has a narrow choir whose floor is higher than that of the nave. There are sacristies beside the choir, which has a lower ceiling, of a type called a "saddle ceiling", than that of the nave. The roof is supported by wooden columns which separate the central nave from two side-naves. This style was used in churches designed by Grosch in the 1850s. The nave is also distinguished from the two side-naves by the fact that the latter have lower ceilings, a feature which, apparently, Grosch derived from German church design.
Adjacent to the church is what is regarded by some as the oldest chapel in the Varanger area, dating from the 18th century.
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  • Beautiful spot to stop for photos. Closed to the public most of the time, but still a stunning old building on a beautiful fjord. Saw lots of neat birds, rocks, and seaglass on the banks of the water.  more »
  • As the church is mostly closed, the best thing to see about this church is the location. Which is nothing other than great. As it is located right next to sea. Check out the drone pictures I've...  more »
  • Nesseby Church is a "must" visit if you are in the area. It's such a lovely place 😍
  • Nice, too bad it's closed.
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