Årdal old church (Årdal gamle kirke) is one of the most distinctive and beautiful wooden Renaissance churches from the 17th century. The church was built in three stages, the first stage in 1619. Later, as the church grew too small, one of the short walls was sawn out in order to lengthen the church. This explains its unusual shape. Inside, the church has many beautiful painted decorations of prophets, angels and flowers.

The church was marked by the work of two local artists, the German painter Gottfried Hendtzschel and his student, craftsman Lauritz Snekker. The altarpiece and the pulpit was painted by Hendtzschel. They are made of Snekker who is also responsible for most of the carpentry work. The artistic efforts of Hendtzschel and Snekker within various churches in the vicinity formed a part of the Stranganger Renaissance, the cultural period which peaked in the middle of the 17th century in the area around Stavanger, Norway.

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Founded: 1619
Category: Religious sites in Norway

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Ann-Evy Hagen (Annie) (2 years ago)
Beautiful
Tiffany Aviss (4 years ago)
This was the only interior of a stave Church I got to see while in Norway and it was very cute and impressive! The key was left in the door so we let ourselves in to take a peek. Was very nice to see the inside and how well kept it was.
Anne-Beth Pedersen (4 years ago)
It's unique.
Oliver Michas (4 years ago)
Never seen that kind of decoration in an old church! Mismatched paintings and decor from renowned and unknown artists. The surroundings are breathtakingly beautiful too!
Ole Henrik Kalviknes (4 years ago)
You will be surepriced a fairytale inside
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