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. Plan your Fantoft Stavkirke visit and explore what else you can see and do in Bergen using our Bergen travel route planning app .
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  • We unfortunately went after opening hours so we could not enter. We would have paid the fee of 60 kr to see how the church looks inside. The church is in an otherwise abandon area, a bit remote.  more »
  • Going to visit Fantoft Stavkirke is like walking back into the past. The church has amazing architectural details. Visit it winter, spring, summer or autumn and you will always see it in a different l...  more »
  • I knew that because it was winter but this church was not open. However when I enquired at the tourist officeI was told that it was possible to look round the outside and take photographs. Getting the...  more »
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  • This church is beautiful, interesting, and historic. You won't need to spend much time here, but it is worth visiting. The carvings on the pews were beautiful. The forest around the church makes it seem like you aren't in a city. The sign leading to the church is almost impossible to read. It took us a few minutes to find the driveway.
  • Amazing place to visit, almost felt like an Edo period building. You can get here via light rail from the train station and get out of Fantoft stop or Paradis stop. The walk from Fantoft stop is much much easier and not as steep. I did the walk from Paradis stop which was all uphill and almost like a climb itself!! They both are about the same distance/time away. I went in winter so none of the leaves were in the way and I managed to get a great shot. Would recommend walking up the rocks just next to the church to get a good view. It was under renovation when I visited so couldn't go inside, but the beauty is the outside.
  • Beautiful place. Church the same as in Karpacz Poland
  • Beautiful stavechurch easy access and scenery.
  • A short walk from the tram and through the woods you'll find this beautiful church. A bit pricey (isn't everything in Norway?!) but the Bergen Card made it free

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