Church with hand carvings and paintingsChurch with hand carvings and paintings
Jelsa church © Skattkammeret Suldal Foto: Lise Bjelland
Jelsa church © Skattkammeret Suldal Foto: Lise Bjelland
A historic class room
The School Museum © Skattkammeret Suldal Foto: Lise Bjelland

Jelsa Church and School Museum

Caravan parking

Jelsa church was completed in 1647, and is one of the most stunning historic buildings in the region. The church is covered in hand paintings details from the renaissance artist Gottfried Hendtzschel, including the breath-taking sky ceiling. A small stroll from the church you find one of the first school houses in Norway!

Get a tour inside the church to learn about the long history of the church and the people that used it, watch the beautiful handmade paintings that is covering the whole inside of the building and learn how the church life was built up back in the days. In the school museum you can explore how the fjord village of Jelsa has looked through the last decades, walk into a historic class room from the 1800s and learn more about how it was to go to school back in the days. The church and school museum holds open on selected days during the summer season. Group bookings can be made outside season with Ryfylkemuseet or Jelsa Hotell.

Jelsa has been awarded the most idyllic place in Rogaland, and for good reason! Summer, as well as winter, Jelsa shows its unique charm with white wooden houses alongside the fjord. Jelsa also has a beach, a supermarket and some of the best strawberries in the region. Combine a visit to Jelsa church with a with a stay at Jelsa Hotell, a visit to the local apple farm Fuglestein Fruktgard, a guided tour on the fjord with Fjord Expedition, a hike or a swim.

Jelsa Church and School Museum
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