St Nicholas Church—Trondenes Church

Trondenes, Harstad Norway

[Roman Catholic] Evangelical Lutheran

The church, originally built around 1200-1440, was the furthest north medieval St. Nicholas Church. It was also the most northerly medieval stone church and is the world's northernmost surviving medieval building. It was identified as "St Nicholas Church" by the Pope in AD 1500. The church is in excellent condition with the exterior close to the medieval original. Remnants of medieval frescoes remain. Click to see three of the frescoes The bishop is probably Saint Nicholas; the ships relate to both St. Nicholas and the export of stockfish from Northern Norway to Bergen, the main activity that made Trondenes Church one of the richest rural churches in Norway in the Late Medieval period.