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It is located in the village of Etnesjøen.

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It is one of the churches for the Etne parish which is part of the Sunnhordland prosti deanery in the Diocese of Bjørgvin. The white, wooden church was built in a long church style in using designs by an unknown architect.

The church seats about people.

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The location must have been an important site on which to build a church since this location includes the largest pre-Christian burial site in Etne with more than burial mounds. Today most of it is vestland dating site farmland and only some large mounds remain.

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To the far south is a large site with small mounds dating from the Bronze Age. Shortly after this, inthe old stave church was torn down and a new church building was constructed on the same site. The church bells in the tower date from andrespectively.

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The building was extended to the west in In —55 the church was renovated and restored. It is a memorial stone from around the year with a carved cross and the runic inscription: "Tormod erected this stone in honour of Tormod Svidade, his father".

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The stone cross in front of the church dates from the period immediately after the Christianization of Norway.