Photographer's Note

Rural Churches [6]

Churches are among my favourite subjects for photography, for several reasons. Architecture is one thing, history another. Besides, many of them are very photogenic!

In rural Norway the common building material for churches used to be wood, usually timber for most of those built during the 18th and 19th century. The main church in the municipality of Melhus as we see here is an exception.

This church is built on a small hill overlooking the surrounding farmland, and it is visible from almost everywhere in the parish. The construction was started in the early 1890ties, after the older stone church was decided demolished and replaced by a new one. Work was finished in 1893. The church is quite big for a rural church, as it seats nearly 1000 persons.

Melhus is a neighbouring municipality to Trondheim, the largest city in Central Norway. Christianity has long traditions in this part of the country, following the battle of Stiklestad where King Olav Haraldsson defeated the pagan army in the year 1030 and thus marked the beginning of a new era in the history of religion in Norway. King Olav was killed in the battle, and his remains were buried where we now find Nidarosdomen, a by far more famous church compared to the one in the picture…

Name in Norwegian: Melhus kirke

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