Sem Church was built in the 1100s as a parish church for the royal Sem Manor (Sem hovedgård). It has been restored and altered several times, 1690, 1770, 1924, 1955 and 1959. Near the church is a small burial chapel Det wedelske gravkapell for the noble family of Jarlsberg Manor. The pulpit dates from 1592 and altar from the 17th century.



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Founded: 12th century
Category: Religious sites in Norway


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Karin Elise Syvertsen (14 months ago)
Strong teleloop?
Hege Pettersen (19 months ago)
Cozy little church
Thallula Pettersen (19 months ago)
Cozy little church
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Ragnar Tollefsen (3 years ago)
This must be that of the medieval churches in Vestfold with the most history. The church belonged to Sem castle farm in the beginning and was a long church for the Wedel family. Today's church was built in the early 1100s. The Wedel family had its own burial chapel that can be seen through two carved crosses in an iron door. The coat of arms of the Welsh family stands over the door. Stop and see this historic medieval church.
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