Right out in the sea lies the green, grass-covered island, Kinn. The area around Kinn was the central herring area in Norway for the most part of the 19th Century. At the height, there lived approximately 15,000 people on Kinn and the surrounding islands in the herring season. Today there are 15 inhabitants on Kinn. The legendary Kinn church is built in the Roman building style, and has been in use since the 12th Century. It was later extended and restoed, today it reassembles as near as possible its original style. The church is the oldest in Sunnfjord. . The church is steeped in the legend of St. Sunniva and the men of Selja. However, today it is believed that the church was built by Celts hiding from religious persecution.
The mountain cliff behind the church rises steeply, and the overwhelming cleft of Kinn is its nearest neighbour. This cleft in the mountain is a well known landmark on the coast, and can be observed from afar. It provides a beautiful climbing trip.
In June the Kinn pageant is performed in front of the church. A historic pageant of love, hate, faithfulness and loyalty to the church and to the people.
INFORMATION: The church is not open other then when guided tours and other arrangements.