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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  • August 14, 2017
    Easily accessible and no mass tourism. not been inside. One of the many stave churches, we have other visited.
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  • August 5, 2017
    Church calendars. Check the opening hours, normally closed. Nice to explore the surroundings. It is possible to dispense with saw another Church boards.
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  • July 17, 2017
    Pretty inconspicuous from the outside. You discovered the mystery of the Church, if it is in there. The ancient paintings, the renovations, which is enlargement of the Church... you amazed that this is one of the largest stave churches in Norway. But after the visit you also know why.
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  • June 9, 2017
    Very beautiful church and environment
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  • April 13, 2017
    Worth to see
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  • July 11, 2016
    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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  • September 6, 2016
    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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