St. Clement's Church Ruins

Oslo, Norway

St. Clement's Church or Klemet's Church was one of the Roman Catholic parish churches of the old Oslo. It was a stone church with a tower, and it was one of the very few churches we know with the double-nave floor plan. Along the middle axis of the choir there were three powerful pillars that held the roof. The church went out of use after the Protestant Reformation, and expect it rather quickly was in ruins.

The church was exposed and examined through excavation by arcitect Johan Adolf Gerhard Fischer in 1921. Then remained for years unnoticed during Loeng bridge. In 1970-71 was archaeologist Ole Egil Eide opportunity to dig further into the ground under the church, and found traces of burials older than the stone church, 81 in all. His interpretation is that there have been at least two churches, presumably stave churches, on the spot where the stone church was built around 1100. The oldest of the graves are dated to the radiological 980-1030, and were some of the oldest Christian burials found in Norway. Ruins of Clement's Church is now exposed and is included as part of Middelalderparken in the Old Town of Oslo.



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Saxegaardsgata 11, Oslo, Norway
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Founded: c. 1100
Category: Miscellaneous historic sites in Norway

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Cille Andrea Nedal (4 years ago)
Nice park and well-kept ruins, but it would have been fun with even more info, posters etc. in the area. Lots of exciting history!
Filip Rippis (5 years ago)
What the check is this plays
Sverre Sævareid (5 years ago)
Little to gain from this. Much is said
Con Pow (5 years ago)
Lovely and interesting.
Jon Sagberg (5 years ago)
This is a really nice park when it is sunny.
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