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The Hedalen Stave Church may be the oldest of its kind in Valdres today. It comprises an unusual amount of catholic items and among these a reliquary. Only a few of these can still be found in Norway.

The church dates back to around 1163, and coins from King Sverre`s era 1177-1202 have been found under the floor. It is in use as a regular parish church.

The west-facing portal features dragon and vine decorations from the late 1100s. These dragons symbolise the evil forces you leave behind before you enter the place of worship.

The reliquary is the most treasured item in the church. It is made out of copper-gilded wood, and dates back to around 1250. The figures featured are Christ, St. Mary, St John, St. Jacob, St. Thomas, St. Olav and St. Peter. Norway has only a few such reliquaries left. Its original reliquary casket is still intact, and is the only one of its kind.

The Hedal Madonna (sculpture of St. Mary), dating back to the mid-1200s, is one of the most stunning pieces of medieval ecclesiastical art in Norway.

Originaly, the sacrament house was part of the triptych. Changes to this gothic triptych were probably made in 1699, and it was painted in 1769. Its crucifix dates back to around 1260-1280. The Romansque font is made out of soapstone, and has a cover dating back to 1250.

In the sacristy, a bearskin is hanging on the wall. According to legend, there was no one left in Hedalen after the Black Death.

A hunter found the church in the woods and shot a bear in front of the altar. But there were still people living in Hedalen, and maybe the bearskin was just the vicar`s somewhat unusual rug in front of the altar.

Opening hours 2013: 21.06.-01.09.
daily untill 18.08. 10.30am-5pm
27. and 29.08. closed.

Admission (incl. guiding):
Adults NOK 60,-
Children NOK 30,-
Family (perents and their children) NOK 150,-
Groups (min. 10 paying persons) NOK 35,- per pers.

23. June 11am: Festive service with the bishop of Hamar  
29. June–6. July: Pilgrimage from Hedalen Stave Church to St. Tomaskyrkja on the Filefjell mountain pass. 
Sign on at trondoi@online.no within 01.06.
July: Concert in connection with the folk music festival Jørn-Hilme-stemnet.
28. July 5pm: Catholic evening mass 
22. September 12am: Historical walk from the museum Bautahaugen to Hedalen Stave Church along the King's Road and afterwards service at the Stave Church inspired by the Middle Ages.
20. October 7pm: Concert at Hedalen Stave Church with the violonists Andris, Eldbjørg and Ragnhild Hemsing, among others.
16. November 12am: In and outside of Hedalen Stave Church: Old burial traditions in Valdres.
26. December 12am: Festive Christmas service 

Changes of program are reserved.

Jubilee exhibition with historical images of the Hedalen Stave Churche trough time at Solstad (Galleri Bauta) from June to August.


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