THE CHURCHES IN GULEN
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BREKKE CHURCH - GULEN CHURCH - MJØMNA CHURCH.
Brekke church was built i 1862. It is the oldest church
i Gulen. Beside the church there was a smaller church from the 1600-century,
but this was torn down in 1863. Written sources from 1327 tell about a
church in Brekke. Most probably a old Norwegian wooden church.
The alterboard in Brekke is painted by the well known
pictorial artist A. Askevold in 1862. The picture shows Jesus being strenghtened
by an angel in the Getsemane. On each side of the alterboard two big wallcarpets
are hanging. They are made by the pictorial weaver Emma Breidvik from Brekke.
The one carpet shows an angel. The other shows when they take Jesus down
from the cross.
The church was consecrated in 1863. It has approximatly
700 seets. There has been a church at this place from the time of "Gulating".
The tower of the church has two churchbells. The oldest is probably from
the 1400-century. The otherone is from 1711.
The alterboard is painted by C. Brun. It illustrates Jesus
in the Getsemane. The font is of solid rock, with a circleround hole to
the water. Before 1905 it stood by the celtic cross besides the churchyard
wall. The font is supposed to have been used during the earliest christian
influence in Gulen.
The interior of this church is a good examle of Gothic
style of building. The church has good acoustics and is suitable for song
and music performances. It was built in 1901.
The alterboard was painted by the local artist Vilhelm
Bjørknes. It shows the resurectin of Jesus Christ. The churchsite
is exposed to heavy weather and you can only get there by boat. The biggest
and farthest out islands that belong to the parish are Mjømna, Byrknesøy,
Hille and Sandøy west.