I thought I would reblog this post for all the new followers of the blog. It provides some history about Honningsvaag Church after World War II.
Every year around 30,000 tourists visit Honningvåg Kirke.
Unlike the spectacular cathedrals in Rome, it is a modest timber church that seats 220 people. But within it’s walls awaits a remarkable story of endurance, and determination and hope.
Built in 1885, Honningsvåg Kirke is the oldest building on the island of Magerøya. No other buildings survived the end of World War II. The German troops left a path of destruction as they evacuated Norway, burning everything in sight.
No one knows exactly why the church was left unharmed. But, miraculously, the church was spared, while the rest of the town became a smoldering mass of embers and debris.
When the reconstruction of Finnmark (northern region of Norway) began, the government wanted to move the location of Honningsvåg to the mainland. But determined residents fought to rebuild their town in it’s original location.
Around a 100 people returned to Honningsvåg. They set…
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