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Urnes Stave Church

Ornes, 6870, Norway
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Type: Historic Sites, Religious Sites
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Seattle, Washington
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23 reviews 23 reviews
9 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014

We drove to this church up the south side of the fjord. It was a hair raising one lane road but we went in the evening so it was deserted. The church was closed but the setting was awesome. If you are coming from the ferry across the fjord be aware it would be a very steep and long walk... More

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152 reviews 152 reviews
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141 helpful votes 141 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2014

This church has beautiful interior decoration. However, the exterior is less elaborate than Borgund Stave Church. Also when we visited, there were far fewer people at Urnes than at Borgund.

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Holmfirth, United Kingdom
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78 reviews 78 reviews
55 attraction reviews
43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014

Not surprisingly, given it is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, this church is outstanding and a joy to visit. Paid entry is via a guided tour, but sufficient time is allowed both to hear all about it and to mooch around as you see fit. The interior is dark and atmospheric, whilst its building history is fascinating. Its location is... More

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Roseville, Minnesota
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41 reviews 41 reviews
24 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014

The location is on the Lustrafjord near the ferry crossing. The church - interior and exterior - is well preserved. The guide was helpful. Our tour was in English. A little gift and refreshments shop and restrooms were available there.

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Manila, Philippines
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67 reviews 67 reviews
18 attraction reviews
38 helpful votes 38 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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44 reviews 44 reviews
9 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 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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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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69 reviews 69 reviews
21 attraction reviews
31 helpful votes 31 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
114 helpful votes 114 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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74 reviews 74 reviews
19 attraction reviews
43 helpful votes 43 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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