Kaupanger Stave Church, Kaupanger

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4.4/5 based on 60 reviews on the web
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 (large bearing columns), 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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  • We visited with our 9, 16 and 19 year old chlidren. We took a guided tour given by a student that works there during his holidays and he was very knowledgeable and interesting 
  • Did not go into the building as you have to pay to go in and it gets expensive to keep paying to go in these churches, but took some photos from outside. 
  • Small wooden church. You have to pay to enter. Buy entrance tickets across the road in cultural centre. We took photos from the churchyard. 
  • Unique site with an impressive history. Place of home of one of those cruises more beautiful and less visited by tourists. Totally recommended. Unique places
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  • A nice stave church
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