Mandal Church

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Mandal Church
Mandal kirke
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View of the church
Mandal Church is located in Agder
Mandal Church
Mandal Church
Location in of the church
Mandal Church is located in Norway
Mandal Church
Mandal Church
Mandal Church (Norway)
58°01′36″N 7°27′13″E / 58.0268°N 07.4535°E / 58.0268; 07.4535Coordinates: 58°01′36″N 7°27′13″E / 58.0268°N 07.4535°E / 58.0268; 07.4535
LocationLindesnes, Agder
DenominationChurch of Norway
ChurchmanshipEvangelical Lutheran
StatusParish church
Functional statusActive
Architect(s)Jørgen Gerhard Løser
StyleEmpire style
DeaneryMandal prosti
DioceseAgder og Telemark

Mandal Church (Norwegian: Mandal kirke) is the main parish church for Lindesnes municipality in Agder county, Norway. It is located in the town of Mandal. The church is part of the Mandal parish and the seat of the Mandal deanery in the Diocese of Agder og Telemark. The white, wooden church was built after the town was destroyed by fire in 1810 and was officially opened in 1821, although it had been in use since 1819.[1][2]

The architect was Jørgen Gerhard Løser who used engravings from 1728 by James Gibbs as inspiration. It was the first monumental building built in Norway after the Norway's independence from Denmark in 1814. The style is empire/neoclassical. With 1,800 seats, it is the largest wooden church in Norway.[3]

The painting Oppstandelsen (English: Resurrection) is in the church and it was painted by Adolph Tidemand who grew up in Mandal. The church has not undergone major changes since it was opened, but a major restoration project on the building was begun to remove extensive dry rot and make many structural repairs. The repairs are estimated to cost about 33 million kr.[3][4]

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  1. ^ "Mandal kirke". Kirkesøk: Kirkebyggdatabasen. Retrieved 2016-12-29.
  2. ^ "Oversikt over Nåværende Kirker" (in Norwegian). Retrieved 2016-12-29.
  3. ^ a b Jordheim, Trygve W. (2014-02-21). "Mandal kirke er angrepet av sopp og råte". VårtLand (in Norwegian). Retrieved 2016-12-29.
  4. ^ Fidje, Eirin Margrethe (2015-11-03). "Råteskader i Mandal kirke gir kjemperegning". Fædrelandsvennen (in Norwegian). Retrieved 2016-12-29.