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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Marie F. (19 months ago)
The oldest standing medieval building in Oslo is Gamle Aker church, beautiful and unforgettable. Old cemetery with spectacular view over city.
Iraklis Patsialos (2 years ago)
The oldest church and the oldest building in general in Oslo. Worth a visit. It has a cemetery too making it extra spooky to visit it at night.
Alessandro Marin (2 years ago)
Oldest church in Oslo. Austere interiors, try to catch a concert
Stephan Schmidt (2 years ago)
Got the chance to see the inside. The church is an astonishing building from the middle ages around 1150. The qrchitectur is beautiful in it's simplicity. In the back of the church on a lower rim to to left one can see the Midgard snake as the church was build during the transition to Christianity.
Erik Johansson (2 years ago)
Calm place in the middle of busy surroundings.
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