Kaupanger Stave Church, Kaupanger

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Kaupanger Stave Church is the largest stave church in Sogn og Fjordane county, Norway. It is located in the village of Kaupanger in Sogndal Municipality, on the northern shore of the Sognefjorden. It is still in use as a parish church, having been in use continuously since its completion in the mid-12th century. The church is part of the Kaupanger parish in the Indre Sogn deanery in the Diocese of Bjørgvin.The church is a Norwegian Cultural Heritage Site. The nave is supported by 22 staves, 8 on each of the longer sides and 3 on each of the shorter. The elevated chancel is carried by 4 free standing staves. The church has the largest number of staves to be found in any one stave church. It is the largest of the five stave churches in Sogn og Fjordane county.HistoryKaupanger Stave Church was built in the mid-12th century. It is situated on the ruins of what might be two previous post churches. Kaupanger was a market town that King Sverre burned down in 1184 to punish the local inhabitants for disobeying him. It was previously thought that the stave church previously standing on this site burned down in this fire, as archaeological research in the 1960s revealed that the previous church had burned down. The present church was therefore believed to have been built around 1190. Recent research has changed these assumptions. Dendrochronology has shown that the timber used for building the church was cut in 1137. Also, Sverris saga makes no mention of the burning of the church at the time the town was burnt. Consequently, it is now assumed that the church was built around 1150.
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  • This a great example of a different design of traditional Stave church, one of the 28 remaining stave churches in Norway. Easy access off the highway but beware of a tight turnaround if driving a moto...  more »
  • A wee gem set in some of the finest scenery i have ever seen . Nice quick ferry trip across . Quite a steep walk up too the church but well worth it. I didnt manage inside as it was winter but loved i...  more »
  • This is the biggest stave church in Sogn and has been in continuous use as a parish church for more than 850 years. The body of the church is supported by 22 wooden staves, the largest number found in...  more »
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  • Unique site with an impressive history. Home of one of the most beautiful and least visited cruises place by tourists. Totally recommended. Unique places
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  • The Church is very cute and very well maintained. Unfortunately, and even in the schedules for the opening, no one to open the doors of the Church. Disappointed. It was at the end of tourist season, but in the niche.
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