Høre Stave Church

Vang, Norway

Høre stave church was built in 1180 and rebuilt around 1820. It is the second church on this location, the previous church was a post church (a church with earth-bound posts standing directly on the ground). It is dated through a runic inscription to 1180, and through dendrochronology to 1179.

There are a number of graves under the church, including those of children. A runic inscription upon the pulpit reads: The brothers Erling and Audun had the timber for this church felled, the summer that Erling Jarl fell in Nidaros. This refers to the Battle of Kalvskinnet in 1179. There are also several other runic inscriptions, and items with runic inscriptions in the church. It is possible that Duke Skule Bårdsson was married in this church in the 13th century.



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Fylkesveg 293 30, Vang, Norway
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Founded: 1180
Category: Religious sites in Norway


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Thor Engedal (4 years ago)
Great stave church. Good parking directly above the church. Beautiful runestone at the entrance portal.
Carl Petter Opsahl (4 years ago)
There are many churches in Valdres, old and not so old. Among them are several stave churches. Høre Stave Church is a bit off the beaten track, but is well worth a visit! It is very beautifully situated with a good view of the valley. The oldest layers in the church are from the 12th century. There is also a lot of Norwegian history here. Among other things, Harald Hårfagre's wife Gyda came from here, and a stone monument with runic writing was erected in her memory outside the church in 1882.
Murilo Ribeiro (5 years ago)
Dan S. (5 years ago)
According to the description, the church is rich with dragon and lion carvings inside, it was originally built in 1179. Unfortunately, it was closed at the evening hours when I was passing by. It’s just 3 minutes off the road.
Liv Barbro Veimodet (6 years ago)
En av 6 flotte stavkirker i Valdres. Ser kanskje ikke ut som en stavkirke utenfra lenger, men gå inn så ser du det.
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