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Urnes Stave Church

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Added on 26 Dec 2018,

last edited by »biroto-Redaktion« on 26 Dec 2018

Nearby cycle routes and tours

Route nameTypeDist. to route

Sognefjellsvegen - Røros-Hardanger

Route

0,4 km

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Type of sights

Church/cathedral / World heritage site

 
 

Name and address

Urnes Stave Church

NO-6870 Urnes

Geodetic coordinates

61.298056 7.322500

Communication

Phone

+47 ∎∎∎∎ ∎∎∎∎

Stave church Urnes
Stave church Urnes
Stave church Urnes
Stave church Urnes
Stave church Urnes
Stave church Urnes

Urnes Stave Church (Norwegian: Urnes stavkyrkje) is a 12th-century stave church at Ornes, along the Lustrafjorden in the municipality of Luster in Sogn og Fjordane county, Norway. It sits on the eastern side of the fjord, directly across the fjord from the village of Solvorn and about 5 kilometres (3.1 mi) east of the village of Hafslo.

It has been owned by Fortidsminneforeningen (Society for the Preservation of Norwegian Ancient Monuments) since 1881. In 1979, the Urnes Stave Church was listed as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO.

History

The church was built around 1130 or shortly thereafter, and still stands in its original location; it is believed to be the oldest of its kind. It provides a link between Christian architecture and the architecture and artforms of the Viking Age with typical animal-ornamentation, the so-called "Urnes style" of animal-art.

The church has not been in ordinary use since 1881, when the parish of Urnes was abolished, and it became a part of Solvorn parish in the Indre Sogn deanery of the Diocese of Bjørgvin. It is now only used for special occasions in the parish such as baptisms and weddings.

Present building

The church is built with a rectangular nave and a narrower choir. The nave and choir both have raised central spaces. The choir was extended to the east in the 17th century, but this addition was later removed. The drawing by Johan Christian Dahl depicts this, as well as the deteriorated state of the church at that time. During the 20th century the church underwent a restoration, and the richly decorated wall planks were covered to stop further deterioration.

A large number of medieval constructive elements remain in situ: ground beams (grunnstokker), sills (sviller), corner posts (hjørnestolper), wall planks (veggtiler) and aisle wall plates (stavlægjer). The construction of the raised central area with staves, strings and cross braces, and the roof itself, also date from medieval times.

From the previous church on the site remain, in addition to the portal, two wall planks in the northern wall, the corner post of the choir, the western gable of the nave and the eastern gable of the choir.

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Rights characteristic / license

by-sa: CREATIVE COMMONS Attribution-ShareAlike

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creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0/

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Wikipedia contributors, 'Urnes Stave Church', Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia, 25 December 2018, 04:43 UTC, <https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Urnes_Stave_Church&oldid=875275824> [accessed 26 December 2018]

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26 Dec 2018

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biroto-Redaktion

Hours of opening:

May to September
The church is open from 10:30 to 17.45 every day

Nearby cycle routes and tours

Route nameTypeDist. to route

Sognefjellsvegen - Røros-Hardanger

Route

0,4 km

Added on 26 Dec 2018,

last edited by »biroto-Redaktion« on 26 Dec 2018