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Urnes Stave Church

Ornes, 6870, Norway
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Manila, Philippines
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63 reviews 63 reviews
17 attraction reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2013

I got engaged at the Urnes stavkyrkje! Me and my partner chased so many destinations in Europe for us to have our engagement realised... We chose from Arles, France upward north- so many to choose from... But at the end, we chose Urnes stavkyrkje because we agreed it could be something special...And it welcomed us in the most special way...It... More

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Armidale, Australia
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39 reviews 39 reviews
9 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2013 via mobile

We took the last ferry over to Urnes, had to race up the hill, pay the full fee for a time reduced tour and then race back down to get he last ferry heading back. While this was a little physically (and financially) challenging, this UNESCO stave church is definitely worth visiting. The history is awesome, as are the views.

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Stoke-on-Trent, United Kingdom
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46 reviews 46 reviews
33 attraction reviews
53 helpful votes 53 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2013

As most of the other reviews state this is located in a very beautiful area. Some key points to note however are that the guides speak good English, there is a small museum right next to it and the church itself is fascinating. However, take in as much as you can because no photography is allowed inside which is disappointing... More

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London, United Kingdom
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56 reviews 56 reviews
21 attraction reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2013

It is just beautiful. If you are visiting the Sognefjord, go early in the morning to Solvorn, get there half hour before the ferry departure so you can spend some time on this beautiful coastal village and take some pictures there. The ferry crossing is quick, something around 15 minutes and you are on the other side of the fjord... More

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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173 reviews 173 reviews
154 attraction reviews
77 helpful votes 77 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2013

This stave church was amazing to visit. It's one of the oldest in the country, but it also has successive additions to the interior, making it a testament to the living history of the church throughout the generations. There are a couple notes of caution, though: it's a bit of an uphill hike to get to the church and you... More

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Skillman, New Jersey
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62 reviews 62 reviews
17 attraction reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2013

To get to this stave church you take a 15 minute ferry from Solvorn and hike up the hill for 20-30 minutes to get to the church. It is small and much less architecturally interesting the the larger Stave church we visited in Lom. There is and admittance fee. A docent does give an knowledgeable discussion. No photos inside. Would... More

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Hong Kong, China
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 5, 2013 via mobile

Amazing wooden church part of the UNESCO's World Heritage List. It is believed to be the oldest preserved church: the timebr was felled in the year 1129 1130. From the Walaker Hotel, just take the Ferry (every hour) and hike up 1 KM. Do not miss the last ferry home ;)

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Raleigh, NC
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8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2012

We took the ferry over to Urnes from the other side of the fjord. I think we visited on one of the last days the church was open for the year, if not the last day. The tour guide was very knowledgeable and helpful. I'm glad we made the trip to see one of these churches up close and get... More

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Oslo, Norway
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13 reviews 13 reviews
8 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2012

Urnes has all of the ingredients I love when touring the countryside. The landscape is superb. It moves the mind to imagine how it would be in the winter. The berries were lovely and I smiled at the "honesty box" when we paid for the fruits. One must be on time for the ferry going to Solvorn or else, it'll... More

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San Antonio, Texas
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21 reviews 21 reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2012

There's something about visiting an 850-year-old wooden church that's different than touring one made of stone--perhaps because it's such a miracle that it survived. According to our guide, it's the oldest stavkirke in Norway, and escaped destructive wood rot because it was built on a stone base. There are panels from an even earlier church that have been built into... More

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