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Grip Stave Church, Kristiansund

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Grip Stave Church is a historic stave church in the fishing village of Grip in Kristiansund Municipality in Møre og Romsdal county, Norway. It is located on the small island of Grip about northwest of the city of Kristiansund in the Norwegian Sea. The church is part of the Kristiansund parish in the Ytre Nordmøre deanery in the Diocese of Møre.With only one nave that is long, wide, and high, it is one of Norway's smallest churches. The priest no longer lived in the parish after the year 1635, but regularly visited the island. Grip has been an annex to Kristiansund parish since 1967.Located in a now deserted fishing village, the church is only used in the summer season, when both summer residents and tourists attend services every third Sunday, led by a priest from Kristiansund.HistoryThe church was built in about 1470 at the island's highest point, about above sea level. The church is of the Møre type, being structurally similar to the larger Kvernes and Rødven stave churches. Because of the barren nature of the island, there is no cemetery on the church grounds, and bodies had to be buried elsewhere, in the cemetery of Bremsnes Church, over away over open sea.
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  • Since we went here by private boat, we could visit the church without other guests. Impressive history of this small, but very important church.  more »
  • All the Grip is an incredibly comfortable space with the Church in the middle of the island, protected by small houses. Former Catholic Church. Small but with incredibly good atomsfære.
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  • A special island communities, although derelict now. Many houses here in a very special atmosphere. Here you will find the tranquility!
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