Posted on 09/01/2015

Photo taken on July 15, 2015


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Anders Thorson Syrtveit
Ole Chr. Neuwerth
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Hylestad kirke

Hylestad kirke
The church was built in 1838 by Anders "Kirkebygger" Thorson Syrtveit and dedicated the following year.
The octagonal shape of the church symbolises the eternal and the eighth day on which Jesus Christ shall return. The church contains a narthex (The narthex is an architectural element typical of early Christian and Byzantine basilicas or churches consisting of the entrance or lobby area, usually located at the west end of the nave, opposite the church's main altar. Traditionally the narthex was a part of the church building, but was not considered part of the church proper. It is either an indoor area separated from the nave by a screen or rail, or an external structure such as a porch.), nave, choir and vestry. There are galleries on both sides, where unmarried people used to sit, while the more established had their seats in the pews on the main floor, men to the right and women to the left, a custom which can still be observed even today.

It is a wooden church with only the tower having an ordinary frame. All décor, including that on the altarpiece and the pulpit, were painted white in the 2nd half of the 19th century, when the minister claimed that the play of colours diverted the attention of the congregation away from the sermon! The original colours are now uncovered, and the church is restored to it's condition of 150 years ago.

The altarpiece, painted bin 1781 by Ole Chr. Neuwerth in Kristiansand, depicts the communion and the crucifixion. It can hardly be considered a great ecclesiastical art, but good craftsmanship. Furthermore, there is a painting by an unknown Italian artist showing Mary with the child Jesus. Above the pulpit hangs another artwork painted by the Italian Pietro Paolol Vasta (1697 - 1760). It depicts the Descent from the cross, and was once in the ownership of Admiral Horatio Nelson, 1st Lord of Trafalgar.

A portal from the 13th century stave church has made Hylestad church known. The carvings on the door jambs represent scenes from the saga about the Viking hero Sigurd the Dragon Slayer. A Norwegian movie has recently been produced on this legend. Motifs from the portal decorate the 50 kroner bank note. An exact copy is set up by the church entrance.

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Jaap van 't Veen
Jaap van 't Veen
Beautiful church; well taken.
Congrats on Explore.
3 years ago.
mrpb27 has replied to Jaap van 't Veen
Didn't know they had Explore here. Never come across it.
3 years ago.