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The Hegge stave church dates back to 1216 and is celebrating its 800th anniversary this year! The church is still in use as a parish church in the local community. It has a carved gate from the Middle Ages and inside the church you can see the original staves with carved face masks. One of the staves has a runic inscription. The baptismal fountain made of soapstone is from the 1100s and the altarpiece has a unique history which you can read further down.

Opening hours summer 2016: 2. July−16. August on Sat, Sun, Mon and Tue 11AM−5PM.

The alterpiece, dating back to 1782, has its own special history. Four men from Hegge were in Gudbrandsdalen to trade livestock, but in the mountains they got caught up in a storm. They promised God that if thye were to return home alive, each of them would donate the value of a cow to Hegge Church. They kept their promise, ordered and paid for the altarpiece in Gudbrandsdalen and brought it home on a sledge.


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Heggenes, Norway
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61° 9' 27" N / 9° 1' 24" E
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