Go to content Go to navigation
Ryfoss

Høre Stave Church

Høre Stave Church Photo: Carl Pillip Weisser Høre Stave Church Photo: Guro Hovda
Høre Stave Church Photo: Carl Pillip Weisser
Høre Stave Church Photo: Guro Hovda

Contact information

Description

An unusual runic insription shows that Høre Stave Church dates back to around 1179.

However, as the oldest coin found under the church floor is from around 1100, it must have replaced a smaller sized church.

An extension was built in 1822, and today it serves the community as a regular parish church.

The story behind the runic inscriptions found in the pulpit is exiting. According to legend, King Sverre passed through Valdres in 1177 on the run from Magnus Erlingsson.

Elling, the Kvie Lendmann (feudatory), had joined King Sverre in his fight agains King Magnus and his father the Earl Erling Skakke.

When Erling fell in the battle at Kalvskinnet in Nidaros (Trondheim), Elling and his brother Audun decided to build Høre Stave Church as the runic inscriptions show: "In the summer of which the brothers Elling and Audun cut (timber) to this church, Erling (fell) in Nidaros."

Høre Stave Church is rich in dragon and lion wood carvings from the Middle Ages, and among these are two beautiful portals. What used to be the ridge turret, is today the entrance of the graveyard.

Gyda from Kvie, the church`s neighbouring farm, vas the daughter of the petty king Eirik of Hordaland. She was the one who prompted Harald Hårfagre to unite Norway into one kingdom towards the end of the 800s.

Brought up at Kvie, a manor farm in Valdres, she made Harald promise not to cut his hair or shave until he had united the country.

Initially, she turned down the king`s proposal of marriage, but when he had done what she asked, Gyda married King Harald.

 

Opening hours 2013: 22.06.-18.08.
Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays 11am-5pm

Admission (incl. guiding):
Adults NOK 40,-
Children and students NOK 30,-
Families NOK 100,- (parents and their children)
Groups (min. 10 paying persons NOK 25,- per pers.

There is no senior discount.

Facilities

  • Season

    • summer
  • Museums, Galleries and crafts

    • museum
  • Types of church

    • stave church

Categories

  • Cultural heritage Cultural heritage
  • Buildings & Monuments Buildings & Monuments

Hours

Where:Høre Stavkirke
6/21/2014 - 8/17/2014
Tue, Wed, Fri and Sat
11:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Transportation


Bus www.jvb.no Aeroplane www.fagernesairport.com www.flydot.no
Close
Embed this article

Copy and paste this code into your blog/website

Preview

Høre Stave Church - Photo: Carl Pillip Weisser

Høre Stave Church

An unusual runic insription shows that Høre Stave Church dates back to around 1179. However, as the oldest coin found under the church floor is from...

Høre Stave Church

Source: Visitnorway

Disclaimer

This site includes information about products and services provided by third parties. Whilst Innovation Norway endeavours to ensure that all information on the site is accurate, we cannot be held responsible or liable for any claims caused by information supplied on this website. Prices and availability are subject to change without notice. You should always check the accuracy of the information provided with the relevant supplier. Innovation Norway is under no circumstances responsible for the contents of external web pages linking to its website. Legal disclaimer.

Ad
Ad

More about this area

Fjell Norway

Explore the mountain region of Fjell Norway. Visit the Olympic town Lillehammer and the surrounding national parks Jotunheimen, Rondane and Dovre.

Attractions in Valdres

Valdres has a unique cultural heritage with six stave churches and one of Norway's largest open air museums, Valdres Folk Museum.

Winter in Valdres

With 1,500 kilometers of cross-country trails and seven alpine centers, Valdres is one of Norway’s most attractive winter destinations.

Where to stay in Valdres

In Valdres you have many different types of accommodation. Choose between hotels, mountain lodges, apartments, cabins, camping or summer farms.

Jotunheimen

Jotunheimen has the largest concentration of mountains higher than 6,500 feet in Northern Europe.

Shopping in Valdres

Valdres offers a range of shopping opportunities from shopping centers to charming shops, boutiques and art galleries.
TEXT ADS
  • Ad
  • Ad
  • Ad
  • Ad
Ad
Ad

Subscribe to newsletter