Jelsa church, completed in 1647, is decorated with beautiful paintings by Gottfri Hendtzcel. Get a tour inside the building 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 chuch life was built up back in the days. The ceiling of the church is also fully covered by stars as a midnight sky - a beautiful sight!
An organization associated with the church believed it imperative to provide good schooling for the children of the village, and started one of the first regional schools in the area. The schoolhouse, built in 1774, is today a museum.
The Ryfylkemuseet Museum offers guided tours to Jelsa Church and School Museum for groups upon request.
Jelsa has been awarded the most idylic place in Rogaland, and for good reason! Summer, as well as winter, Jelsa shows its unique charm with white wodden houses alongside the fjord, the small local shops and the passionate people living and working here. Jelsa also has a beach, a supermarket and some of the best stawberries in the region.