Flesberg Stave Church

Flesberg, Norway

Flesberg stave church was probably built around 1200. The first written reference to the church is from 1359. The church was originally a single nave church with four free-standing internal posts bearing a raised central roof, surrounded by an ambulatory or aisles on all four sides. It had a narrower chancel, also with a raised central roof, and a semicircular apse. It was surrounded by a gallery loosely connected to the plank walls.

In 1735, the chancel and apse as well as the east wall of the nave were removed. The nave was extended eastwards and two transepts were added, making a cruciform plan. The additions were built in horizontal log construction with notched corners. Of the original stave church only three outer walls survived, as the internal posts and the raised roof were eliminated.

The church yard is fenced with big slates brought from Haukeli farm (on the Lågen west bank) during winter seasons. Some slates have iron rings affixed, these rings were used for tying horses during service - each farmer had a designated ring for his horse (the oldest dated ring from 1661). The idiosyncratic stone fence is shown on a 1701 painting (the oldest existing painting of a stave church).

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Founded: c. 1200
Category: Religious sites in Norway

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Inger Lise Huslende (2 years ago)
Godt strødd under begravelsen
Stefan Stöhr (2 years ago)
Sehr nette und schön gepflegte Stabkirche.
G. T. (3 years ago)
Nostalgisk og fin kirke. Koselig og intimt, med noe behov for vedlikehold. Mye historie i disse veggene.
Robert S. hansen (3 years ago)
Et flott kirke med mye historie. Historien burde være mer synlig
Anne Kvam Rønningen (3 years ago)
Koselig og fin kirke
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