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Ranked #1 of 91 attractions in Aust-Agder
Category: Specialty Museums; Museums
Owner description: A fun and educational experience for the whole family!In addition to our exhibition area, we also have varying activities. In... more » Owner description: A fun and educational experience for the whole family!In addition to our exhibition area, we also have varying activities. In the weekends an holydays you can join us to a spectacular trip to the space in 3D, and much more. Se our website for the daily program.You find the Science Center at the quay in the center of Arendal. As well as a scienceshop, parking and a cafe with the possibility to sit outside and enjoy the beautiful oceanwiew.Welcome! « less
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Risor Kirke (Risor)
Ranked #2 of 91 attractions in Aust-Agder
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Merdo Ferry (Arendal)
Ranked #3 of 91 attractions in Aust-Agder
Category: Ferries/ Boats; Other
Owner description: Ferry from the town centre to the island Merdo in June/July/August. Schedule can be obtained at Arendal Tourist Information,... more » Owner description: Ferry from the town centre to the island Merdo in June/July/August. Schedule can be obtained at Arendal Tourist Information, or at their own home page (in Norwegian). « less
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Ranked #4 of 91 attractions in Aust-Agder
Category: Trails; Outdoors
Owner description: From the tourist office, followSmith Petersens Gate towards Arendal. Continue past Grimstad Church and Grimstad Town Hall on... more » Owner description: From the tourist office, followSmith Petersens Gate towards Arendal. Continue past Grimstad Church and Grimstad Town Hall on the left, and follow the foot and cycle path across Biesletta. Cross the road by the Bieheia turn-off, and continue along the foot and cycle path on the right hand side until you reach Vikkilen. Follow the signs for Fevik. At the Vik junction, turn right and follow the foot and cycle path along route 420 towards Fevik. When you reach the 40 km/h zone, cross the road and continue along the foot and cycle path on the left hand side. After a few kilometres, where you have open views to the sea, you can see the idyllic Strand Hotel Fevik. At the very tip of the headland is Sandodden Fort. Cross over to the right hand side and follow the pavement to Fevik. Turn right at Feviktoppen, and then take the second right. Feviktoppen has a small shopping centre. Continue past Fevik Park on your left and Fevik Church Community Centre on your right. Follow the signs for Som/Haugenes. Somsveien towards Hasseltangen does not have a foot and cycle path. An alternative route is marked in blue. Please see recommended trip below. After the Haugenes junction, continue straight ahead until your reach Hasseltangen. To get to the outermost part of Hassel-tangen, follow the gravel road to the left at the very end of the car park. On your return, turn right towards Birketveit at the first junction. At the route 420 junction, turn left towards Fevik. When you have passed a riding school on your left, cross the road and follow the signs for Lunde. At the end of the road is a T-junction where you turn left towards Lia. Continue straight ahead until you reach the foot and cycle path, and follow this towards Vik/Grimstad. Just before the Vik junction, use the pedestrian crossing to get over to the right hand side and then follow the foot and cycle path underneath route 420. From here, follow the foot and cycle path back to Grimstad. Opt. 1: Turn right towards Storesand, and continue past Randvika. In the upper part of the car park, bear left and follow the main road until you reach Haugenes junction. Then turn right towards Hasseltangen. Comments: Mainly flat and gentle terrain, but parts of the trip do not follow foot and cycle paths. Some gravel roads. « less
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Naes Ironworks Museum (Tvedestrand)
Ranked #5 of 91 attractions in Aust-Agder
Category: Specialty Museums; Museums
Owner description: Naes Ironworks Museum is located by the river Storelva in Holt, i Tvedestrand, Southern Norway. The museum is only a short... more » Owner description: Naes Ironworks Museum is located by the river Storelva in Holt, i Tvedestrand, Southern Norway. The museum is only a short distance from E18. This is the only one of the old ironworks museums in Norway where the majority of the production buildings and equipment is preserved. The most important part of the museum is the blast furnace, and other parts of the ironworks, and the mechanical workshop has historical exhibitions in both floors. The operations at Storelva date back to 1665, and since the works was operational until 1959, much is preserved as it were when the production was closed down. This opens up for a unique opportunity to see how an ironworks was organized, how people lived and worked at the ironworks, and how iron and steel was produced back in the day. All tours start with an introductory film (new in 2010) about the iron production in the old days, in particular at Naes Ironwork. Then visitors get a tour of the area, and inside the production facilities, where the guide tell about how the work was done, and demonstrate the rebuilt bellows. The museum also displays an exhibition of iron stoves and a historical exhibition with models and pictures from the life at the ironworks. In addition to regular tours, the ironworks has many events and activities during the season walks in the romantic park Lunden and the cultural landscape, exhibitions, family Sundays, blacksmith meets, seminars and mining tours. Jacob Aall is the most famous of the ironworks' owners. He lived at the farm Storegard from 1799 until his death in 1844, and he was renowned as a politician, member of the national assembly at Eidsvoll, author, and and active and visionary businessman. The romantic park Lunden was established while Aall and his wife Lovise Andrea lived on the farm. Nes Verk is a special national attraction, and a walk along the river Storelva, oin the park and on the golf course gives a good picture of this historical area. Guided tours every hour from 11-1600. « less
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Mineralparken (Hornnes)
Ranked #6 of 91 attractions in Aust-Agder
Category: Amusement/ Theme Parks; Other
Owner description: The Mineralpark is an activity park for the whole family and stone is the center of all the activities.The exhibition of... more » Owner description: The Mineralpark is an activity park for the whole family and stone is the center of all the activities.The exhibition of minerals and mining equipment is in a special environment. It is intended as a visual experience for non-experts with no background or special interest in stones and minerals. « less
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Trinity Church (Arendal)
Ranked #7 of 91 attractions in Aust-Agder
  • New Church Organ 12/02/2013
Category: Churches/ Cathedrals; Cultural
Owner description: The trinity church is the third church on this site. The first church, a Y-shaped wooden structure, was erected in 1670. A... more » Owner description: The trinity church is the third church on this site. The first church, a Y-shaped wooden structure, was erected in 1670. A desire to assert the town's status over Kristiansand was probably the motive behind its construction. In the 1830s, the town's shipping industry flourished, the population grew and the church became too small and was therefore demolished in 1832. In 1833, Crown Prince Oscar (Oscar I) laid the foundation stone for an octagonal church. Over the next 50 years, the population of Arendal doubled. According to church law, a church had to have seating which corresponded to the population of the parish, so a new church again had to be built. In 1888, the third church was completed, in spite of the financial collapse of the banks in 1886. It towers above the Arendal skyline with its 87-metre-high tower. The church was ravaged by fire in 1902, but the damage was fortunately not extensive. The large chandelier which now hangs in the church vestibule originates from the town's first church. Copperplate engravings from the 16th century can be seen near the baptismal font. The new pipe organ was built by the German company Werkstätte für Orgelbau Mühleisen, and it has about 3900 pipes between 4 millimetres and 7 metres high. It is (November 2010) the fourth largest church pipe organ in Norway, with 59 voices and built in a German-Romantic style. Opening hours Tuesday-Thursday 1230-1400. « less
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The Little Zoo (Sundebru)
Ranked #8 of 91 attractions in Aust-Agder
Category: Zoos/Aquariums
Owner description: The Little Zoo at Brokelandheia by E18 is a fun place for the whole family. The zoo shows more than 60 different animal... more » Owner description: The Little Zoo at Brokelandheia by E18 is a fun place for the whole family. The zoo shows more than 60 different animal species like colourful reptiles, birds and fishes, small monkeys, lemurs and surikates. You realy come close to the animals. The snakes are fed every Saturday at 2:30 p.m. « less
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Ranked #9 of 91 attractions in Aust-Agder
Category: Hiking Trails; Outdoors
Owner description: On the southern part of the island of Tromoy, only 10 minutes from Arendal town by car, bus or boat, there is a beautiful... more » Owner description: On the southern part of the island of Tromoy, only 10 minutes from Arendal town by car, bus or boat, there is a beautiful area called Hove. This recreation area is part of a protected moraine that lies along the southern coast. The whole area has been adapted for walks with resting places along the shore. There is a beach and kiosk at Hove camping during the summer season, and several kilometres of smooth rocks. Sundays between September and May, there is a lunch buffet at Hovestua in Hove camp from 12 to 18.  The paths are many and stretches from Hove to Alve, along Spornes beach, consisting of boulders and rocks, and sand when the sea permits. The area is used for hiking both summer and winter, and is suitable for everyone, children and adults. The trip from Hove camping to Alve and back is about 12 kms, and the network of paths allows both short and long trails. Maps for sale at Arendal tourist office, Hove camp, and Bjellandstrand Gard. Parking for instance at Hove camping and Hove camp. Bus no 3 to Tromoy ost leaves Arendal every hour during the day, Monday-Saturday. « less
Ranked #10 of 91 attractions in Aust-Agder
Category: Islands; Outdoors
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Ranked #11 of 91 attractions in Aust-Agder
Category: Museums
Owner description: Henrik Ibsen came to Grimstad in 1843/44 to start his apprenticeship with apothecary Reimann. He stayed for 6 years, and when... more » Owner description: Henrik Ibsen came to Grimstad in 1843/44 to start his apprenticeship with apothecary Reimann. He stayed for 6 years, and when he left in spring 1850 it was as the author of the play "Catilina". The museum focus on the period before he achieved success and world fame. Topics such as how Ibsen made a living when his apprenticeship ended, his dire financial situation, the people who inspired him, the love stories and the son born out of wedlock all form part of the exhibition. The very pharmacy in which Ibsen worked is still intact. A museum shop is available. « less
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Ranked #12 of 91 attractions in Aust-Agder
Category: Beaches; Outdoors
Owner description: What is a smooth rocky shore? Cliffs and sandy beaches are very common, but the polished rocky shores are unique to Norway –... more » Owner description: What is a smooth rocky shore? Cliffs and sandy beaches are very common, but the polished rocky shores are unique to Norway – almost. They do exist in other places, but not many. Stretches of such rock formations can be found from the Swedish west coast and up to Stockholm’s archipelago, and also in Greenland, Scotland, Alaska and possibly New Zealand. The rest of the world, however, does not have anything resembling these beautiful shores we associate with Southern Norway and the Oslo Fjord. The reason is that not many areas fulfil the two conditions required for such polished, smooth rocks to be formed. High-grade metamorphic rock such as gneiss or granite is required, and this coarse-grained formation must have been scoured and rubbed smooth by a thick layer of ice. As old as time itself! The Norwegian rocky shores originated long before the ice arrived - maybe as much as a billion years. Formation started 1.8 billion years ago and ended 1200 million years later. The time-span is almost incomprehensible! When the ice retreated for the last time, the rocky shores were given a last finish and took their current shape. This is only 10 000 years ago. Since then, the land has risen as much as 200 metres in some areas. Hence, the rocky shorescurrently lining the water’s edge were far below sea level and a thousand metres or more under the ice when they were formed. As the ice moved, masses of sand, gravel and stone were pushed in front and below. These deposits were pressed down and rubbed against the bedrock with immense force. This was how Norway’s rocky shores were formed. Soft elements were scoured away, and the hard rock was left polished, smooth and rounded. In several areas, characteristic scour lines are still evident, and some cracks in the actual bedrock can also be seen. « less
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Ranked #13 of 91 attractions in Aust-Agder
Category: Nature/ Wildlife Areas; Outdoors
Owner description: Hasseltangen and Som-Ruakerkilen form part of a moraine ridge - the region’s most prominent and distinct glacial deposit from... more » Owner description: Hasseltangen and Som-Ruakerkilen form part of a moraine ridge - the region’s most prominent and distinct glacial deposit from the last Ice Age. The area boasts a beautiful and characteristic cultural landscape. Som-Ruakerkilen Nature Reserve comprises the most extensive and mature beech forest in Southern Norway. « less
Tromoy Church (Arendal)
Ranked #14 of 91 attractions in Aust-Agder
Category: Churches/ Cathedrals; Cultural
Owner description: Tromoy church is located at Flademoen on the southern side of Tromoy, and the church was originally a Romansque stone church... more » Owner description: Tromoy church is located at Flademoen on the southern side of Tromoy, and the church was originally a Romansque stone church built around 1150. The church was reconstructed to a cruciform church between 1748-1758, and today this fabulous church is one of Arendal's oldest sights. The church is an old seamark, and due to the unsheltered location, the church is without a tower. The interior of Tromoy church is beautiful. There are wood carvings and painted interior from the 1750s, restored in 1926-1939. Several details in the church are worth mentioning, like the baptismal font made of soapstone from the 14th century, and candlesticks made of brass from 1660 Important people were buried inside the church in the Middle Ages, both in the choir and in the nave. The tombs had large gravestones in the church floor. It has been illegal to bury people inside the church since 1805, and the large gravestones were moved outside during the restoration in the 1750s. They are now visible along the churchyard wall in the west, together with boulders from Tromoy. Tromoy church has been opened to the public in July many summers, to those who wish to study the church. More information, see contact information. « less
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Fjaere Kirke (Grimstad)
Ranked #15 of 91 attractions in Aust-Agder
Category: Churches/ Cathedrals; Cultural
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Ranked #16 of 91 attractions in Aust-Agder
Category: Museums
Owner description: Dømmesmoen, the beautiful park in which the museum is located, is abundant in flowers, towering trees providing cool, shady... more » Owner description: Dømmesmoen, the beautiful park in which the museum is located, is abundant in flowers, towering trees providing cool, shady areas and heritage dating back to prehistoric times. Furthermore, the museum grounds comprise beds of roses and herbs, as well as an apple orchard featuring a number of Norwegian varieties. The museum contains three exhibitions. The newest has been named "Bees and flowers - the ecological interplay". The display focuses interaction between bees and flowers, and the importance of this balance in order for us to be able to harvest numerous fruits and berries. Museum shop and cafe. « less
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Ranked #17 of 91 attractions in Aust-Agder
Category: Tourist/ Visitor Centers; Other
Owner description: Grimstad Tourist Office is where visitors and holiday makes can find information and advice. We provide details on... more » Owner description: Grimstad Tourist Office is where visitors and holiday makes can find information and advice. We provide details on attractions, events and places worth visiting, as well as brochures covering Southern Norway and other regions. Sale of maps, travel guides, postcards etc. Opening hours: Summer season 20.06.2011 - 20.08.2011 Mon-Fri 09.00 - 18.00/Sat-Sun 10.00 - 16.00 Rest of the year Mon - Fri 08.30 - 16.00/Sat-Sun closed « less
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Ranked #18 of 91 attractions in Aust-Agder
Category: ; Farms; Museums
Owner description: The location of the museum is idyllic, on the old outport and beautiful island of Merdo. The island is worth a visit to those... more » Owner description: The location of the museum is idyllic, on the old outport and beautiful island of Merdo. The island is worth a visit to those who want to experience the nature, old coastal culture, or just enjoy themselves in cosy surroundings. There are a couple of small beaches, and a nice café on the side of the island towards land. The part of the island facing Skagerrak is rocky, scattered with pebbles and boulders, and has a fantastic view both summer and winter. The museum is a small coastal farm with a main building from 1736, kept as it was in about 1800. Hourly tours in Norwegian during the summer season. The museum is a department of Aust-Agder kulturhistoriske senter, the county museum. Merdo was one of the most important outports in Sorlandet, with a customs station, pilot station, school, shop and post office. Ferry to the island from Pollen in Arendal. « less
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Ranked #19 of 91 attractions in Aust-Agder
Category: Waterfalls; Outdoors
Owner description: The Rjukanfossen, or the Rjukan Falls (the name means The Smoking Falls). Not to be confused with Telemark's Rjukanfoss which... more » Owner description: The Rjukanfossen, or the Rjukan Falls (the name means The Smoking Falls). Not to be confused with Telemark's Rjukanfoss which has been diverted into pipes - this giant from Tovdal remains unspoiled. The waterfall has a free fall of 45 metres, and is a beautiful sight in the woods of Tovdal. The trail is about 3 kilometres long, and the round trip will take about 2,5 hours. Take road no 41 to Dolemo, follow the signpost to Tovdal. Continue until the end of the road, to Dale. Park on the side of the road by the roundabout. Start at the information board, and cross the bridges. Follow the red marks alongside the river up to ardalen Nature Reserve. Remember to close any gates you pass. The marks disappear at the top of the plateau, when you have a view of the waterfall. This is where you find the post box with the puncher. Rjukan waterfall with its 45 metres is the tallest waterfall in the region of Aust-Agder. Part of Top 13 trails in amli. « less
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Town Hall (Arendal)
Ranked #20 of 91 attractions in Aust-Agder
  • VERY NICE PLACE! 04/09/2014
Category: Landmarks/ Points of Interest; Landmarks

The Arendal town hall is located in the street Rådhusgaten 10 in Arendal. The town hall was originally built by a local businessman Morten Michael Kallevig in 1812-1815. The... more »

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Klockers Hus (Arendal)
Ranked #21 of 91 attractions in Aust-Agder
Category: Specialty Museums; Museums
Owner description: The building was built as a private residence in 1826 by Johannes Nicolai von Klöcker. It is built in an empire style and... more » Owner description: The building was built as a private residence in 1826 by Johannes Nicolai von Klöcker. It is built in an empire style and clearly influenced by the building style of Copenhagen. Here are furniture from the 1800s. The parts of the house in the back are from the 1600s. The house was privately owned until 1982, when it was taken over by Stiftelsen Klöckers Hus - a local philanthropic organisation. Today this building is a museum displaying how a well-off family lived at the time. There is a living room, dining room, office and kitchen, and a wash-house with a baking oven. Part of the museum displays the home of the sailor, a small apartment in the back of the building, where a sailor lived with his family. In Klöckers Hus you can also find the old village shop with interiors from the last century. Here it is still possible to buy sugar candy, oldfashioned candy, homemade jam, local historical magazines, and postcards with pictures from old Arendal etc. The house landau, which has transported royalty visiting Arendal in the 1900s, is in the stable. « less
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Ranked #22 of 91 attractions in Aust-Agder
Category: Race Car Tracks; Other
Owner description: One of Norways largest gokart tracks welcomes you to a fun and action filled activity for the whole family! We have a large... more » Owner description: One of Norways largest gokart tracks welcomes you to a fun and action filled activity for the whole family! We have a large race track of 1050 metres (age limit 15 years), children's racetrack of 210 metres (from 6 years), double gocarts for handicapped and electic cars for the youngest. « less
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Ranked #23 of 91 attractions in Aust-Agder
Category: Museums
Owner description: Southern Norway's largest location for contemporary art. The former textile factory from 1898 is located in lovely... more » Owner description: Southern Norway's largest location for contemporary art. The former textile factory from 1898 is located in lovely surroundings. Changing exhibitions 5 times a year, in addition to the permanent art collection containing works by 40 of the country's leading artists. Guided tours for groups by appointment, adapted teaching programme for children and youths in separate workshop. Free admission. Open during exhibitions Tuesday-Sunday 12-16, Mondays closed. « less
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Hove Leirsenter (Faervik)
Ranked #24 of 91 attractions in Aust-Agder
Category: Nature/ Wildlife Areas; Outdoors
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Ranked #25 of 91 attractions in Aust-Agder
Category: Nature/ Wildlife Areas; Outdoors
Owner description: Vestlandsske hovedvei - ”Kongeveien, the old main route between Dalholt in Grimstad and Kaldvell in Lillesand, is an area of... more » Owner description: Vestlandsske hovedvei - ”Kongeveien, the old main route between Dalholt in Grimstad and Kaldvell in Lillesand, is an area of outstanding natural beauty. Eineid Bridge, spanning the Reddal Canal, has been restored to its former glory. Information displays along the way. « less
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The Kassen Canal (Lillesand)
Ranked #26 of 91 attractions in Aust-Agder
Category: Bodies of Water; Outdoors
Owner description: The summer of 95 the Minister for the Environment, Thorbjorn Berntsen, opened the Kassen canal in Hovag. A beautiful canal... more » Owner description: The summer of 95 the Minister for the Environment, Thorbjorn Berntsen, opened the Kassen canal in Hovag. A beautiful canal providing a new gateway to a pleasant little trip just beside Blindleia. The passage is 200 metres. The canal, which was previously an old sea route, has opened the way for boat traffic in to Kirkekilen from Blindleia by the Kvanneid fjord. « less
Kalvoysund Fort (Arendal)
Ranked #27 of 91 attractions in Aust-Agder
Category: Military Bases/ Facilities; Cultural
Owner description: Kalvoysund fort was a German coastal fort at Kalvoysund on the island Flostaoya east of Arendal town, built during WW2. The... more » Owner description: Kalvoysund fort was a German coastal fort at Kalvoysund on the island Flostaoya east of Arendal town, built during WW2. The battery was meant to cover the eastern seaward approach to Arendal, and the area was more than 10 acres large. Kalvoysund fort was one of the largest fortifications the Germans built in Southern Norway during the second World War. The fortifications were built in 1941 and consisted of about 50 buildings and bunkers. There are four locations for cannons in the area, and the cannons who were there had a range of 11-12000 metres. Bunkers and other parts of the fortification are kept partially well, and the foundation walls from many of the buildings are still left in the landscape. After WW2, the fort was run by the Norwegian armed forces for a while, and there were a couple of military exercises on the fort. Then the area was given to the local authorities, and it is now a popular recreational area. There is a public bathing area in Kalvoysund, and the area is open to the public. « less
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Ranked #28 of 91 attractions in Aust-Agder
Category: Tourist/ Visitor Centers; Other
Owner description: Contact Arendal tourist office for information about sights, activities, accommodation in and near Arendal, guided tours,... more » Owner description: Contact Arendal tourist office for information about sights, activities, accommodation in and near Arendal, guided tours, what's on, conferences and seminars, and more. The office is closed on national holidays, between Christmas and New years, and on some days during the winter season due to seminars etc. Arendal, Tvedestrand and amli are located in Southern Norway, the holiday spot of Norway. You'll find us inside the Arendal Kultur- og Radhus. « less
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Ranked #29 of 91 attractions in Aust-Agder
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Birkenes Church (Birkeland)
Ranked #30 of 91 attractions in Aust-Agder
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Category: Religious Sites; Churches/ Cathedrals; Cultural
Owner description: A timber cruciform church from 1858, in Byzantine-Roman style. Architect Chr. H. Grosch. Alterpiece: The resurrection by Lars... more » Owner description: A timber cruciform church from 1858, in Byzantine-Roman style. Architect Chr. H. Grosch. Alterpiece: The resurrection by Lars Osa, 1908. 650 seats. Open by appointment at tel +47 900 69 196 « less
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