A Little Church with A Story to Tell

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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About ekhaugli

I'm Erica from America living at the top of the world - North Cape, Norway. I'm an artist at Once Upon a Dream Studio, nestled in the picturesque fishing town, Honningsvåg. http://www.onceuponadream.no In 2014 I started and environmental art project, One Step at a Time, concentrating on removing trash from or arctic shoreline.
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4 Responses to A Little Church with A Story to Tell

  1. Anna Hergert says:

    Thanks for re-blogging this post, Erica! This post is how I connected with you in the first place. This amazing story is near and dear to me.

  2. mariayarri says:

    Jag gillar historia och det här inlägget innehöll verkligen en hel del av det ! // Maria 🙂

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