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Fantoft Stavkirke, Bergen

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See an authentic reconstruction of a medieval stave church, known for its carved doorways and stylized dragon heads atop the roof, at Fantoft Stavkirke. Consul Fredrik Georg Gade bought the church in the 19th century and moved it, piece by piece, to the site in order to save it from demolition. Notice the stone cross from Tjora standing outside: similar crosses served as meeting points of religious congregations in times when there were no churches. In the early 1990s, some members of the Norwegian black metal scene set fire to the original church as an act of retribution for erecting Christian temples on pagan grounds. The church was rebuilt soon after. The site can be difficult to find, so follow road signs carefully. Before you head to Bergen, plan trip itinerary details with our user-friendly Bergen itinerary maker, to make sure you see all that Bergen has to offer, including Fantoft Stavkirke.
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As a major Norwegian city, Bergen offers accommodations--and just about everything else--at a high price. Try to stay in the picturesque Bryggen wharf area near the fish market, or in the city center. If you’re looking for lively nightlife, check out rooms close to the city’s university. To find less-expensive lodging, search for hostels in the city center and campsites just out of town. Alternatively, live like a local by staying in a small guesthouse.
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  • This is well worth the effort. The train is about a block from the harbor coat is around $6 for a Bergen zone pass Ride is 20 minutes each way with a 10 minute walk to the church Church is located in ...  more »
  • It's in the outskirts of Bergen.. One needs to take the tram to reach.. It's pretty long walk from the tram station to the church. Just ask someone for the directions.. Once you reach the base of the ...  more »
  • beautiful church but too small. recommend to visit on your way out of town as it is not much to do but take a few pics  more »
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  • Church itself is nice, but knowing it's a replica does make the experience less special. Especially the unfriendly guy reluctantly selling tickets and shoo-ing you away because you're just trying to take a picture from outside(!) of the gate entrance, took the pleasure out of it. This dude took away my doubt about whether or not spending money on a ticket was worth it.
  • Absolutely beautiful, the carpentry is astonishing and there is a lovely feel to the church. Couldn't believe there was a window for the Lepers to be involved in the service although not allowed inside. The aroma is quite amazing. Would highly recommend this to anyone visiting Bergen recommend this to anyone
  • Worth going to if you find yourself on the Bybanen light rail in Bergen. ..
  • Beautiful example of a Nordic from the 12 century. Sadly it is a reconstruction as the original burned down and it is surrounded by office buildings after a small patch of forest.
  • A recreation of an old wooden viking ear church. It's very beautiful and you can walk around outside of it, but to get inside you have to pay. It is however a bit difficult to find.