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At the northern edge of the Park stands a Norwegian wooden church for sailormen, called Norsk Sjomannkirke. The church was built in 1914. It arrived from Norway in the Netherlands as a prefab package. The church is property of the Norwegian Seamen Community (The Norske Sjömannskirke), that has been established since July 1904.
The design was a contest, won by M. Poulsen and A. Arneberg. The beautiful wooden complex represents the typical Norwegian architecture. With its square plan it refers to the medieval Norwegian stav churches. At the roof is a small clocktower. The colorful paintings and woodcarvings are made according to the Norwegian folklore. The parsonage, also made of wood is connected with the church by a lower middle part.
Originally the church stood on the corner of the park. In 1938 due to the construction of the Maastunnel the church had to be moved to the actual ocation. It must have been quite spectacular, because the building was moved in one piece.
Duing my visit in summer 2006 the church was scaffolded.
Address: Droogleever Fortuynplein 2-6
Directions: In the north westcorner of the Park, not far from the Euromast
Phone: +31 10 4365923
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