Fantoft Stave Church

Bergen, Norway

Fantoft Stave Church is a reconstructed stave church, originally built in Fortun in Sogn around the year 1150. In the 19th century the church was threatened by demolition, as were hundreds of other stave churches in Norway. The church was bought by consul Fredrik Georg Gade and saved by moving it in pieces to Fantoft near (now in) Bergen in 1883. Outside the church stands a stone cross from Tjora in Sola.

On 6 June 1992, the church was destroyed by arson; the first in a string of church burnings by members of the early Norwegian black metal scene. At first, the fire was thought to have been caused by lightning or an electrical failure. In 1994, Varg Vikernes of the one-man band Burzum was found guilty of burning Åsane Church and Storetveit Church in Bergen, the burning of Skjold Church in Vindafjord, and the burning of Holmenkollen Chapel in Oslo. He was also charged with the burning of Fantoft stave church, although the jurors voted not guilty. The judges called this an error but did not overthrow the whole case. A photograph of the church's burnt shell appears on the cover of the 1993 Burzum EP Aske (Norwegian for 'ashes'). According to Vikernes, the church was burnt as retaliation against Christianity for building a church on sacred, pagan grounds. Reconstruction of the church began soon after the fire and was completed in 1997.

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Founded: 1150
Category: Religious sites in Norway

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Tor Are B. Ellingsen (4 months ago)
A beautiful area with a brautiful piece of history. And also a very interesting piece for modern history
erbil yakışkan (5 months ago)
The place was closed when we arrived at 16.05 , unfortunately. In the front it says that it is open between 11.00 - 16.00, monday - saturday so be aware that the working hours on google are wrong.
Alain Leneveu (5 months ago)
Unique style
Willem van Duijn (5 months ago)
No information page about opening hours, but seems to be closed in Sunday’s. The location is beautiful, as is the stave church. However: it is not the original, but a replica! And it is circumvented by a really ugly fence.. when asking entrance fees, at least try to do an effort in presenting your attraction.
Christoph Winter (6 months ago)
Nice church. Located at the end of a road with a small parking lot. You can also get there from the main street (E39). Probably easier. Worth going.
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