Lade Church is believed to be one of Norway's oldest stone churches. It is unknown when when it was exactly built, but people started using it around 1190. The current church is assumed to be the successor of two other churches, which are believed to have been one stone church and one stave church. During the wars with Sweden and later during World War II, the church was used as a food stock. There is actually a swastika scribed in a stone in the wall near the Altar.

Lade Church is a long church and it seats 160 people. The nave is 16.5 by 10.7 metres. The Altarpiece dates from 1709 when it was received as a gift from Ellen Rovert from the nearby Lade Gård estate.

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Founded: c. 1190
Category: Religious sites in Norway

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Eirik Flordalen (3 years ago)
5/5 ble ikke trukket ned i jorda under tilbakekomsten av de døde. Akkurat sånn en kirkegård skal være.
Joakim Skøre Hedmann (3 years ago)
Perfekt kyrka
Eivind Askeland (3 years ago)
From around 1200 BC. Beautiful building.
Greter Fernandez (3 years ago)
Se siente el espíritu de Dios y el pastor es muy amable.
victor vasylevskyy (5 years ago)
Гарна, маленька і затишна церква. Протестантська, відкрита тільки тоді коли служба служиться, весілля або відспівують покійних.
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