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Ranked #1 of 7 attractions in Bo I Telemark
  • Hollane in Lifjell 06/11/2013
Category: Mountains; Outdoors
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Ranked #2 of 7 attractions in Bo I Telemark
Category: Churches/ Cathedrals; Cultural
Owner description: The old parish in Bo is a cultural center today, run by a foundation. They arrange concerts and exhibitions. About the parish... more » Owner description: The old parish in Bo is a cultural center today, run by a foundation. They arrange concerts and exhibitions. About the parish itself: a few hundred years ago, Holmen was the parish in Bo when the priests still ran the parish and the parish farm. Around 1900, this practice began to dwindle and slowly done away with, and today only the large yard and the main building, stabbur, and garden remain. The question was, what should happen to the farm? It was decided at a town meeting that it should not be sold to the highest bidder, but rather, should remain an important meeting place for people and for Bo. An agreement with the Opplysningsvesenets Fond was reached to buy the parish, and the foundation Bo Prestegard was established in 2006 as an important cultural preservation of the priest and parish farm history in Bo. The goal is to show how important the parish was as a meeting place and cultural arena of the time for both the people and the priest. The old name of the Bo Prestegard is Holmen, an old farm name, and the place is a little elevated above the rest of the Bo landscape. At the same level of the parish are the two churches in Bo—the old stone church from the middle ages and the newer wooden church from around 1870. There is a “priests’ path” going between the church and the parish, down into the valley and up onto the other side. This provides reason to believe that Holmen was a parish for quite a long time, probably since the middle ages. The parish was first mentioned in bishop Eystein Askalssons book from the 1390s (“Raudeboka”). « less
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Ranked #3 of 7 attractions in Bo I Telemark
Category: Museums
Owner description: The Evju Bygdetun in Sauherad is an interesting and lively local museum in mid- Telemark situated between the villages Gvarv... more » Owner description: The Evju Bygdetun in Sauherad is an interesting and lively local museum in mid- Telemark situated between the villages Gvarv (4 km)and Bo (6 km). The old farm buildings date back to the 18th and 19th centuries. Their furniture and utilities, tools and the like bear witness to a farm whose owners have been keen to keep up local customs and traditions. Of special interest is perhaps the collection of handmade silver-mounted knives and the exquisite locally woven tapestries. The Vengeburet storehouse, The Miller Son's Cottage ( i.e. the master fiddler Torgeir Augundson (1801 - 1872)), The Sash Weaver's Cottage and the Holtanstugo farmhouse have all been moved to the Evju Bygdetun in recent years. Needless to say, each of them has its own story to tell. In this pleasant farmyard with goats bleating and hens cackling we welcome young and old alike. « less
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Ranked #4 of 7 attractions in Bo I Telemark
Category: Sports Complexes; Sports
Owner description: Modern, indoor swimmingpool and wellness center. Health pool, childrens pool, hot tub, sauna, solarium and diving boards.... more » Owner description: Modern, indoor swimmingpool and wellness center. Health pool, childrens pool, hot tub, sauna, solarium and diving boards. Suitable for wheelchair users. In the Gullbring Cultural Center you will also find a concert hall, theater, cinema, climbing center, sports hall, exhibition halls and conference facilities for 400 delegates. New in 2011: Funballz « less
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Category: Tourist/ Visitor Centers; Other
Owner description: Fredrik and Kari Anne welcomes you to Bo and Sauherad Tourist Office. We are located at Bo Stasjon. We will help you with... more » Owner description: Fredrik and Kari Anne welcomes you to Bo and Sauherad Tourist Office. We are located at Bo Stasjon. We will help you with information on activities, attractions and accomodation in the area. Please come and visit us when you are in town! « less
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Category: Ski/ Snowboard Areas; Sports
Owner description: Lifjell Skisenter has a lot to offer alpine and Telemark skiers, with 3 downhill slopes and 2 ski tows. Different kinds of... more » Owner description: Lifjell Skisenter has a lot to offer alpine and Telemark skiers, with 3 downhill slopes and 2 ski tows. Different kinds of slopes at 1,300 mi with a height difference of 250 m, powder slopes and mogul slopes make skiing tons of fun. Cafeteria, warm up shelter and good parking. Lifjell Skisenter has slopes and tows especially suitable for children and beginners. Renting alpine skis, snowboards and snowskates, and offering ski courses at all levels, alpine and Telemark skiing. « less
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Category: Religious Sites; Churches/ Cathedrals; Cultural
Owner description: Bo's Old Church belongs to a series of stone churches built in round, Romantic style in Norway from the early middle ages.... more » Owner description: Bo's Old Church belongs to a series of stone churches built in round, Romantic style in Norway from the early middle ages. Several of such churches can be found in Telemark, such as in Seljord, Kviteseid, and Bo. Their uncanny similarities suggest that they were built by the same people. The church in Bo was built around 1180 and was dedicated to St. Olaf. The semi-circle apse in the chancel was added at a later date. Some of the fixtures remaining from the middle ages are the cross over the chancel, a forged iron chandelier, and a three-panel carved wood altar, with the crowning of Mary featured in the middle panel. The niches with arched vaults on each side of the chancel doors are presente as well, even though they no longer have a practical function as side altars. Following the Reformation, the door on the south wall (which during the Catholic time was probably a processional door) was partially walled up to form a small window. One can also see out through the simple and beautiful entry portal, and two other windows were widened to serve the purpose of letting in light, which was necessary for the “new” Lutheran services in which reading the Bible was important. The church has slowly acquired the interior it now has. The oldest pew bears an inscription from 1579, and in the chancel on both sides of the altar are interesting panel paintings from around 1650 which illustrate a Bible verse or proverb. The pulpit and portal, the west gallery, and the altar table are also from the 1650s, and the painting on them was done from 1685—1687 in rich and deep colors that contrasted well with the white walls. The altar table has several depictions: Christ on the cross is in the center, and above it the triangle with the eye of God and they name Yahweh written in Hebrew. The pulpit and portal have inscriptions of Bible verses, and on the portal we see a depiction of Christ as ruler of the universe with the world in his hand. The gallery has nine biblical depictions of important happenings in the Bible, from creation to the apocalypse. The cathedral architect William Swensen described the characteristics of the Bo church in an article in which he stated: “It has something unique which hurls against a cathedral’s extravagant grandeur of stone blossoms and sculptures of towers and pinnacles—it has the purity and grace of flowers of the field and holy simplicity, which is perhaps the most difficult thing to attain in art.” « less
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