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Eastern Norway Viken EIDSVOLL

Eidsvoll church

  • Eidsvollbakken 29, Eidsvoll
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The Romanesque building is made of stone. Eidsvoll church from approx. 1190 is possibly Norway's oldest cruciform church in brick

The Romanesque building is made of stone. Eidsvoll church from approx. 1190 is possibly Norway's oldest cruciform church in brick. The southern ship apparently had an Olavsalter. Olav Haraldsson went to Mass in Eids church in the year 1017. At Eidsvoll church, an old hollow road has been preserved that was used well into the last century.

When archaeologists examined the present church, they found tombs that were older than the one-day church. Therefore, we believe that there were one or two wooden churches there prior to the construction of the stone church. We do not know what these may have looked like, but it is reasonable to assume that the dean resembled the stave churches. There may have been a beautiful carved portal around the entrance. In the church there have been altars with saint statues in fresh colors.

Altarpiece Eidsvoll church, from 1765. It is on three floors. Oil paintings are framed by pilasters (columns), and have cut Rococo wings. A wreath crowns the board.

In 1985, the current church celebrated its 800th anniversary, when it was calculated that it was traveled around in 1185. This was a large and stately church, built this way because it was to be Væringing church.

The establishment of Eidsivatinget at Tingvoll in 1022 meant that Eidsvoll church came into a special position among the churches in Eastern Norway. The function of the church building was the sub-collections, making special demands on both size and design.

Eidsvoll church was dedicated to the apostles Peter and Paul and the Holy Cross and is the oldest stone church in the form of a cross in the countryside in Norway. The shape of the church indicates that the builder or architect was a Cistercian. This order of monks came to Norway in 1146 and founded the monastery on Hovedøya in 1147. The monastery church here has many features reminiscent of Eidsvoll church.

Eidsvoll church has burned five times, most recently in August 2000, but has been rebuilt and restored. With these restorations, which have aimed to preserve both older and newer building parts in the form they once had, Eidsvoll church has been given a unique place in Norwegian church architecture. The church is Eidsvoll's oldest cultural building and with its dominant location is an eye mark in the village.

The church has been used on many occasions. It was an electoral church in February 1814. Approx. 300 churches were used as polling stations during the election to the Riksforsamlingen at Eidsvoll this year - when the constitution was written.
The delegates to the Constitutional Assembly met in Eidsvoll church on the first day of Easter, April 10, 1814. The main negotiations took place in the Eidsvoll building in the period April 12 to May 19, 1814. During this time, the delegates lived on the farms in the district.

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