Vadsø Church

Vadsø Church
Vadsø kirke

View of the church
Vadsø Church
Location in Finnmark
Vadsø Church
Location in Finnmark
Coordinates: 70°04′31″N 29°45′14″E / 70.075278°N 29.753889°E / 70.075278; 29.753889
Location Vadsø, Finnmark
Country Norway
Denomination Church of Norway
Churchmanship Evangelical
Consecrated 30 March 1958
Status Parish church
Functional status Active
Architect(s) Magnus Poulsson
Completed 1958
Capacity 480
Materials Concrete
Parish Vadsø
Deanery Varanger prosti
Diocese Diocese of Nord-Hålogaland

Vadsø Church (Norwegian: Vadsø kirke) is a parish church in Vadsø Municipality in Finnmark county, Norway. It is located in the town of Vadsø. The church is part of the Vadsø parish in the Varanger deanery in the Diocese of Nord-Hålogaland. The concrete church was built in 1958 by the architect Magnus Poulsson. The church seats about 480 people.[1]


View of the old church (1861-1944)

Today's church is the fourth in a series of Vadsø churches. The first church was built around 1575 on the island of Vadsøya, where the main Vadsø settlement was located at that time. The second church was built around 1710 when the people moved Vadsø town from Vadsøya to the mainland. The third church replaced the second church in 1861 to serve the growing town. That church was destroyed during the night of 28–29 October 1944 when the retreating German army burned most of Vadsø. The present church was completed in 1958 to replace the previous church.

See also


  1. "Vadsø kirke" (in Norwegian). Kirkesøk: Kirkebyggdatabasen. Retrieved 2013-03-07.

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