Balke Church

Østre Toten, Norway

Balke Church was built around 1170 in Romanesque and early Gothic style. It was enlarged in 1714. The altarpiece from 1526 is unique in Norway. The font dates from 1719 and pulpit from 1822.



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Founded: 1170
Category: Religious sites in Norway


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Trond Egil Aarflot (2 years ago)
Beautiful small church with a view of Hveemsåsen, Skreia and Totenvika. June 26, 2021, my wife and I got married there! The church is perfect for small weddings❤️
Alessandra Aaserød (2 years ago)
Great church?
Magnar (2 years ago)
Great church
Bine Ni (3 years ago)
Very lovely old fashioned church and cemetery. Lovely located high above Mjøsa. Phenomenal views of Skreia, Totenviken and Mjøsa.
Ole Martin Eriksen (4 years ago)
Nice old church
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