Hvaler church is probably one of the oldest in Norway. According carbon dating methods on wood samples analyzed in 1960 it was originally built between 920 and 1080 AD. The current church nave dates mainly from the 12-13th centuries. Archeologists carried out extensive excavations during the restoration from 1953 to 1956. They discoverede there was a fireplace under the foundations dating from the age between 120 BC and 80 AD. There may have been a prehistoric pagan site of worship on the church site. Archeologists also found 804 coins under the choir floor. While many originate from Nor­way, some are from Germany, Denmark, and Sweden. Most of the coins date from the Middle Ages, the oldest is from 1130.

Hvaler church was privately owned from 1724 and became as a municipal property in 1860. The Renaissance style pulpit is from 1620. During its renovation in 1734, Andreas Schavenius, who later owned the church from 1759 to 1778, gave and mounted the canopy and Rococo ornaments. The limestone baptismal font dates from 1250-1300.

The Rococo style altar is from about 1750 and given by Andreas Schavenius. Featured on the al­tar­piece from 1759 is Eg­gert Munch's oil painting of the cruci­fixion. On the altar are two large brass can­dle­sticks proba­bly origi­nating from Holland about 1600.

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Founded: 11th century
Category: Religious sites in Norway

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Ole Jørgen Holte (Denthy) (5 months ago)
Very nice church, old and a lot of history to the place.
Alexander Lurud (5 months ago)
Cozy old church
Per Einar Rålm (12 months ago)
An old church with atmosphere and festive atmosphere.
Per Einar Rålm (12 months ago)
An old church with atmosphere and festive atmosphere.
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Unique and atmospheric medieval church in archipelago paradise.
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