Roldal Stave Church, Roldal

Røldal stave church is a stave church at Røldal in Odda municipality, Hardanger, Norway.HistoryThe estimated age of the Church is generally dated to between 1200-1250. A baptismal font in the church is dated to between 1200 and 1250. A crucifix in the church dates from about 1250. The altarpiece by German painter Gottfried Hendtzchell from Wroclaw in Silesia dates to 1629.The Church has a rectangular-shaped nave and chancel. The baptismal font is of soapstone and dated 1200-1300 century. Bergen Museum holds a variety of building components and other artifacts from the medieval church. These include altar frontal and wooden sculptures of St. Olaf from about 1250, of the Virgin Mary with child from about 1250, and the Archangel Michael, dated about 1200. In the Middle Ages, Røldal church received large donations from many of pilgrims who flocked to the church. As a result, the small village where the church is located, became quite prosperous. In the 17th century the walls inside the church were richly decorated with paintings.During reconstruction of the church in 1844, some of the history of the church was uncovered. This led to an investigation to determine how the church was built. The resulting belief is that Røldal stave church was quite different from other stave churches. Some controversy developed about whether this is in fact a stave church or rather an example of the assumed predecessor type, a post church.
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  • Røldal Stave cows goat's natural focal point in the village. The Church is built in the 1200 's, and is one of the oldest in the country of the stavkyrkjene. Very richly decorated and is still in common use
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  • The stave church in Røldal - near the E134 - dating back to the year 1250, and was originally a simple Hall church with a surrounding portico. A large part is original, although it was rebuilt in later times. Some of their statues and jewelry works are now in the Museum in Bergen, but worth a visit: the Church is beautifully painted with motifs of roses and has carved stalls. A supposedly medicated crucifix still attracts pilgrims. There is also a medieval baptismal font and very beautiful murals to see. Unfortunately, the Church is usually closed; There are guided tours in the summer but. Or you visit it after a church service.
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  • The Røldal stave church is very beautiful. Information is available in many languages. The Church was van1275 and is very beautiful.
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  • Looks very beautiful but it was closed at 3pm and the opening hours said its open till 4pm...thats sucks
  • Less than 20 minutes round trip detour from main route from Låtefossen Waterfall to the south. Worth a stop unless you are in a hurry.
  • Very nive Stave Church, especially on the inside. For Norwegian standards, the entrance fee is not too bad. And if you want, you can get a detailed explanation by the friendly and knowledgeable guides.
  • Beautiful and old wooden church. We enjoyed a christmas service here and felt very welcome and warm.
  • Small but nice church, worth a visit if you pass by with a reasonable entry fee of only a few NOK

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