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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  • August 17, 2017
    Worth the easy trip on the light rail if you like historic buildings, unique architecture or wood! Nothing else in the area so it was in and out for us.  more »
  • August 16, 2017
    The church is very small and there are no placards or explanations available. It is between light rail stations and not super accessible. That said, it's easier to get to without a car than most of th...  more »
  • August 16, 2017
    One of the famous stave kirke, viking churches with the roof made like a viking ship upside down. Not too far from the Light Train stop, a place to be seen.  more »
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  • July 19, 2017
    Nice recreation of the church! The guide had no qlue of history! Or of how church life where practised and how the church liturgy was in the old church.
  • June 18, 2017
    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.
  • April 26, 2017
    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
  • July 2, 2017
    Worth going to if you find yourself on the Bybanen light rail in Bergen. ..
  • April 17, 2017
    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.

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