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Fantoft Stavkirke

Paradis, Bergen, Norway
47 55 28 07 10
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Ranked #17 of 59 attractions in Bergen
Type: Religious Sites, Historic Sites
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Oslo, Norway
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014 NEW

This ancient stave church may not be easy to reach being hidden amidst the woods and foliage and also there are not cut path or instructions to reach the place but once you put in the effort you will be able to witness an ancient church with the Viking traditions and elements. The church has tried to maintain its original... More

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torino
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31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW

Although a reconstruction, it is a very faithful reproduction of the original stave church and it is really impressive. The setting is beautiful too, in the middle of a wood. The interior is very nice and quite different from other such churches. It's really worth the time. It's just difficult to find, there are no signs if not when you're... More

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Alamo, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014

I would not go out of my way to make this a destination. But it is a nice thing to see if it is not too far out of your way. The simple, pine interior of Viking churches is peaceful - so different than many of the gilded churches of Europe. There are a couple of charred beams from the... More

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2014

Not a lot to see here - it's a nice stave church. Personally speaking the interior was so small it wasn't worth the entrance fee. Unless you're a big stave church fan, it's possible to take nice pics from the viewing platform outside the perimeter fence.

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Oceanside, CA
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2014

This replica of the Fantoft Stavkirke is very hard to find and the parking lot is not marked. Our GPS took us into an adjacent office complex before we backtracked to the unmarked parking lot. The replica is amazing and has all the detail you would expect in the original which was burned to the ground by pagans wishing to... More

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Hampton Hill, United Kingdom
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23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 2014

We visited out of season and knew it would be closed but we were lucky and piggy-backed on a private trip to muscle our way into the church! It's very small and quite dark inside and it's rebuilt so it smells of wonderful pine. However, I wouldn't have gone out of my way to visit that if I hadn't been... More

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San Diego, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2014

This was built during the Viking Era, and was supposed to show their Christianity to the local people. Various other-Christian figures (gargoyles) were incorporated into the building. Unfortunately, we could not go inside.

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Lancashire, England
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2014

We took the Light Rail/Tram from Bergen Sentrum out to Fantoft. You should walk across the supermarket carpark and turn left up the hill. Stay on the road for a few hundred metres then branch right where there is a small sign. Through the very peaceful trees you will reach the stave Church - follow the smel of tar from... More

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Southampton, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2014

Only a short tram ride from the city then a 10min walk its worth the trip. We went when it was closed but you can get close to it and there's a viewing platform. Unusual building which was worth seeing.

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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 6, 2014

There are only 28 of these in the world and they are all in Norway. This example is probably not the more spectacular of them all, but still an amazing and unique example of religious architecture and if you do not have the chance to see the best examples, this one still worth the small retour

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