Old Aker Church

Oslo, Norway

Old Aker Church (Gamle Aker kirke) is Oslo's oldest remaining building and the only remaining church from the Middle Ages. It is assumed that it was built around the year 1150. It is a stone church, built as a three-naved Roman-style basilica.

The church has been pillaged and ravaged by fire several times. The oldest part of the surrounding churchyard dates back to the 12th century. The church has a baroque pulpit and baptismal font from 1715. The tower was built in 1861.

The church was built over an old silver mine, Akersberg which was in use since the early Viking age. The mines are mentioned in the 1170 Historia Norvegiae. The mines must have been the inspiration for a number of stories about the church having hidden silver treasures and even dungeons with dragons.



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Telthusbakken 13B, Oslo, Norway
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Founded: c. 1150
Category: Religious sites in Norway


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Chris Bartlett (2 years ago)
What an amazing church. Went there for a wedding. Visit if you can just to see one of the oldest buildings in Oslo. It is worth it. Simple beautiful
Goran A. (2 years ago)
As it is a little away from the center, walking to it is definitely worth as it is one interesting building that has somewhat traditional church architecture, but the interior is very captivating as it has very thick columns and quite good religious atmosphere.
xench (2 years ago)
Oldest church in Oslo, worth the visit when you’re nearby, has a cemetery included.
Denis Sakhno (3 years ago)
We were fascinated by this old church and the street that leads to it - Telthusbakken
Marie F. (4 years ago)
The oldest standing medieval building in Oslo is Gamle Aker church, beautiful and unforgettable. Old cemetery with spectacular view over city.
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