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The Olav Well and the Church site Megard

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The church site Megard is situated in a beautiful setting in Imsdalen in Snåsa. Also found on site is the Olav Well * which got its name because it is said that St. Olav drank from the spring water here and blessed the well.  Folklore and stories indicate that many sick people came to Megard, drank from the well and was healed. Therefore, many pilgrims on their way to the Nidaros Cathedral have consequently stopped here and drunk  the water hoping to feel its health-giving power.
It is not certain that St. Olav drank from this particular well, but the it is just by the pilgrim route to Stiklestad and Nidaros and thus probably emerged as an olav well.

It is generally believed that the healing spring water was the reason why the Catholic Church Megard was built here. No one knows exactly when it was built, but it is believed that it may have happened sometime between 1300-1350 and that it was in existance for 200 years. In 1982, the church site was rebuiltby volunteers. It is still possible to see remains of the old church.

Today, there are 2 church services held at Megard Church Site per year  - The Olso service on the last Sunday in July, and at the night walk to Megard in August. In addition, there are some who choose to use Megard for marriage and baptism.

The Megard walk is a very special experience. The hikers walk along the trail which is lit by lanterns from Imsdalen to Megard. Along the route there are several breaks with text reading or music. The church site is illuminated in a special wayforming a nce frame around the church service. 

The Pilgrim path the North Path (Nordleden) passes past Megard.

* Fra wikipedia: Olavskilder eller Olavsbrønner er et begrep som nyttes for en rekke vannkilder i Norge. De er oftest navngitt i bestemt form, Olavskilden, men man finner også formen St. Olavskilden. Kildene fikk navn etter Olav den hellige i årene etter kristendommen kom til Norge, og ligger gjerne i tilknytning til pilegrimsleden, gamle pilegrimsveier. Vannet fra kildene skal være hellig og gi velsignelse og styrke til den om drikker, eller berører det.

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