Tingelstad Old Church

Gran, Norway

Tingelstad Old Church is a Romanesque stone church in Gran. Dendrochronological dating shows that parts of the timber within the church were felled between 1219-1220. The original name for this church was 'St. Petri Church', although presently it is called Tingelstad old church (Tingelstad gamle kirke) as it was replaced by a new church in 1866.

The congregation also had a stave church (Grindaker stave church), but this was demolished in 1866, again because it was too small.

The spire on the wooden belfry bears a copy of a 12th-century weather vane. The original vane is held in the Museum of Cultural History in Oslo. It is believed that it was once fitted to the bow of a warship. Although the church contains a few other original, medieval features such as a wooden crucifix and a stone altar, it is best known for its intact interior from the 16th and 17th centuries. The pulpit is from 1579 and is one of Norway's oldest. An altar frontal from 1699 can also be found in the church. A unique mural from 1632 depicting the Dano-Norwegian coat of arms, has been partially revealed on the interior North wall.

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Kongevegen 88, Gran, Norway
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Founded: c. 1219
Category: Religious sites in Norway

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Ida Eline Westby (2 years ago)
Cozy place, nice nature and a great walk there!
M!k4s “M!k4s” (2 years ago)
Was going to meet an Asian guy outside the church since we got a review
Kjetil-André Jensen (2 years ago)
Cozy and nice church with a close location to Hadeland Folkemuseum and the old church. Haven't been inside it but it's nice
JørgenH (2 years ago)
Beautiful and beautiful church from the 13th century Worth a visit
Nitin Francis (5 years ago)
Peaceful place
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