Giske Kirke, Alesund

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Giske Church is a 12th-century marble parish church in Giske Municipality in Møre og Romsdal county, Norway. It is located on the south side of the island of Giske, about northwest of the town of Ålesund. The church is part of the Giske parish in the Nordre Sunnmøre deanery in the Diocese of Møre. The church is open for guided tours during the summer season.DesignThe church is built of white marble. The origin of the marble is unclear, but it was brought to the island by boat. Where it came from before that is unknown. Today the walls are covered by chalk on the outside and plaster on the inside, so that the marble is only visible in a few places, all on the outside. The architectural style is Norman.The church was originally a family chapel consisting of the nave and chancel, but it has been refurbished several times over the centuries. The most extensive renovation was carried out in the 1750s (initiated by Hans Strøm and Hans Holtermann), and most of the interior today can be dated back to this renovation, carved by the local craftsman Jakob Sørensøn Giskegaard (1734–1827).
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  • July 29, 2017
    We had a port day in Alesund and this church was one of our stops. After a few tunnels and bridges between the islands, we came to this church. The church has significant history to the area and is ve...  more »
  • July 27, 2017
    The Marble Church dates from 1170. Most of the marble is covered with a plaster with only two panels exposed. The church was closed and we could not see the interior. The cemetery is still active. It ...  more »
  • July 24, 2017
    The island can be reached through a tunnel and then sottomarico in a beautiful bridge. The Church is simple but nice. On site there are guides prepared.
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  • July 18, 2016
    Beautiful calm place
  • August 13, 2016
    Very old place
  • June 24, 2017
    Very old and beautiful church with a mystical atmosphere. Worth a visit.
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  • July 4, 2017
    Like for someone of the churches.
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