Kvernes Stave Church

Averøy, Norway

From ancient times Kvernes has been of great religious and cultural importance at Nordmøre. The excavation of a white phallus stone, a sacred symbol of fertility, supports this fact. The stave church was built around year 1300 and has a rather large main nave (16×7,5 m) with external diagonal props supporting the walls. Several repairs/reconstructions have been carried out. In 1633 the stave-built chancelwas torn down, and a new one erected in log construction. A baptistery was raised at the western end, windows were put in, and the chancel was decorated with painted scenes from the Bible. In the following decade, the nave and baptistery were decorated with acantus paintings. The vicar, Mr. Anders Ericsen (1603-62) paid all those expenses himself.

The king sold the church in 1725, and it was in private ownership until 1872 when it was bought by the parish. A new church was built in 1893, and the stave church was saved from demolition when Fortidsminneforeningen (The Society for the Preservation of Ancient Monuments) bought it in 1896.



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Founded: 14th century
Category: Religious sites in Norway


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odin hansen smedbak (2 years ago)
It is okey. Guide was a rather young girl that did a great job. I am not a fan of stave churches. That being said. It is nothing wrong with it. It is just not that exciting and it takes under 10 minutes to see.
Anazagos Anna (3 years ago)
The church from outside looks average stave church, but the real beauty lies the interior. Beautifully painted walls and ceilings, all dated 4p0 yrs. back . A 'must see' place when you're nearby Kristiansund.
Dorschdy (3 years ago)
A really beautiful old church. Kinda easy to visit if you are on the way to the Atlantic Ocean Road. Definetly worth going there and paying the entry fee. Tusen takk også to the kjekk norsk jenta who gave a really refreshing recap of the history! Ha de fint sammen!
Sigurd Johnsen Setså (4 years ago)
Not really much to see. Unless you're already going past I wouldn't digress from your itinerary to see this. It's a perfectly average church with some history behind it.
Simon Carter (4 years ago)
This is a very impressive old wooden church with a long history and a beautiful interior, painted and decorated over hundreds of years. It feels both old and intimate somehow, part of the warp and weft of the community it has served over these many, many years. I would love to visit without a couple of coach loads of fellow tourists but it was not to be this time. We were given a presentation by two charming young women in cloaks, who explained in excellent Norwegian, English and German to this gaggle of disparate Hurtigruten passenger nationalities, all about this lovely building. The location of this church and the new one nearby has a superb outlook over a wide panorama of fields, fjords and mountains. It is important when visiting that you do pause for a moment and look where you are. An interesting and rewarding visit. Thank you to the two young women who did such a great job and waved us off, full of smiles.
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