Nore Stave Church

Nore og Uvdal, Norway

Dendrochronological dating of wood samples indicate that Nore stave church was built after 1167. The church was built with galleries, a chancel and cross naves - an architectural style that was unique in Europe during the Middle Ages. This style is called the Nummedals-type. The church also has a central mast, that was originally the support for a tower, mostly likely containing church bells. The walls and ceiling of the interior are decorated with murals, among them scenes from the Bible presented as riddles. The chancel was replaced in 1683 and the spokes of the nave in the first half of 18th century.

In 1888, art historian, professor of art history and author, Lorentz Dietrichson (1834 - 1917), became the owner of the church. Professor Dietrichson, who had played a major role in founding the Society for the Preservation of Ancient Norwegian Monuments (Fortidsminneforeningen), donated the property to the society in 1890.



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Founded: 12th century
Category: Religious sites in Norway


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Inbal Latner (4 months ago)
Pretty building. Quick stop on the way
Katie Medina (5 months ago)
We visited the Nore Stave Church today. We didn’t realize that the tours are typically held from June through August. However, we found a number online and we were able to get in touch with the tour guide. He immediately drove to the church to give us a private tour. He was extremely knowledgeable about the history and the church was absolutely beautiful. We learned so much and had a great time. Thank you to the guide for this experience!
Amit Rathore (3 years ago)
Nice place with old history and amazing church! I recommend for kids and family to visit.
Erik Holst (3 years ago)
Fascinating. Entrance 70 NOK. Worth a stop driving on National Road 40.
250MercedesTD (4 years ago)
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