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Roldal Stave Church, Roldal

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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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  • Very nice to spend here some time and see and read how old this is, 1250 AD. Impressive to see how they build this and with the graveyard in front a place of serenity and rest.  more »
  • The church looks nice on the inside and outside. I like all the paintings on the inside, it's not like any other church I have seen. Nice place to take a break when you're on the road.  more »
  • The 13th Century Roldal Stave Church was the most interesting of the three stave churches we visited on a trip to Norway. To start with, it is still in use, so a living monument, rather than an histor...  more »
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  • 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
  • One of the best preserved stave church.
  • Røldal stave church is small and fine and a little remote. Who is in your area, you should take a look. For a small fee, which serves to preserve the Church, you can visit this little gem from the inside. Worth seeing is also the typical graveyard around the Church, with its ancient graves.
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