Hol Old Church

Hol, Norway

Hol Old Church (Hol gamle kirke) is presumed to date from the 13th century, but the exact dating is unknown. The church is the oldest parish in Hol and is first mentioned in a letter from 1328 as a small stave church with covered side porches. The church has been expanded several times, in the 16th century, in 1697 and in 1798-99. It was rebuilt in 1888 and 1938. It is believed that the floor of the church was made using columns from the old stave church. The pulpit and baptismal font are from the Renaissance period (1697) and the altarpiece from 1703. The pulpit is placed above the altar.



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Ålmannvegen 2, Hol, Norway
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Founded: 13th century
Category: Religious sites in Norway

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eric claeys (12 months ago)
Beautiful church in beautiful landscape
Jan Kornstad (13 months ago)
Hol old church is a church with supposed origins in the 13th century in Hol municipality. The church is the oldest in Hol parish and is first mentioned in a letter from 1328, then as a small stave church with aisles. The church's apse is believed to have originated from this original church, but the exact date is unknown. Previously, the old church was the main church for the whole of Hol, except for Dagali, which belonged to Uvdal municipality. The church has been rebuilt and expanded several times. Both in the 16th century, in 1697 and in 1798-99. It was later rebuilt in 1888 and 1938. It is believed that the floor of the church is staves from the old stave church. An outlaw man was buried outside the cemetery in 1740.
Steffen Maeland (2 years ago)
Wooden church from the 13th century. Very thorough personal tour of about 60 min, well worth the entrance fee of NOK 50.
Ernst Jan Bos (3 years ago)
A very nice and really old building. Simply findable.
Carl Petter Opsahl (3 years ago)
This is a very distinct church / stave church, originally built once in the 13th century, but rebuilt and rebuilt several times since. It is beautifully situated by the Holsfjord, two beautiful old wooden houses close by the church. The interior is sober, which makes the altar image focus. The picture dates from 1703 and depicts the communion. Above the altar image is the pulpit. It's not power, so the church can be pretty cold if it's not a warm summer day. Highly recommend a visit if you are in the area.
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