St. Olave's Church

St. Olave's Church, York

St. Olave's Church
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Dating back to the 14th century, this grand church has been rebuilt several times in its long and dramatic history.
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KevinSadler2364
Leicester, UK1,267 contributions
Quaint
Dec 2019 • Solo
Nestling next to ruins of the once great Abbey of St Mary's, St Olave is a quaint parish church. Built before the conquest, it retains much of its old world charm, and is well worth the short walk out of town.
Written December 31, 2019
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Neil K
Liverpool, UK609,060 contributions
Beautiful church.
Nov 2019 • Friends
Walking through Museum Gardens we came out onto Marygate and looming up was St Olave's Church, an absolutely beautiful church.
St Olave's Church is dedicated to St Olaf ,patron saint of Norway ,the church was rebuilt in the 15th century with further renovations taking place in the 1720's and was finally restored to its former glory between 1848 - 49.
It's a popular church famous for it choir and organ concerts as well as a carillon of six bells ,I just love the look of this church ,the beautiful location ,its a super church to visit.
Easy to locate along Marygate, most definitely well worth checking out if your in the area.
Written November 4, 2019
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Steve T
Preston, UK19,926 contributions
Nice Old Church .....
Sep 2019
..... but regrettably a bit too tucked away for it's own good. And in a city where you have the mighty Minster it is going to be rather too far down the least to attract too many visitors.

The church is appropriately named being something of a recognition as to the influence on this part of the world by Scandinavians of yesteryear.

It's location is handy in that it is near to the Frederick Street car park so if your vehicle is ensconced in such a place then do at least out for it in passing.

An interesting small graveyard to wander around too.
Written September 4, 2019
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Val W
Merthyr Tydfil, UK910 contributions
Fascinating history
Aug 2019
This ancient church with a fascinating link back to York's Norse background, is a little gem. It is situated close to one of the entrances to the Museum Gardens but could easily be missed.

It is a beautiful chuch that is very much a living place of worship.

In the graveyard there is the tomb of William Etty, an artist whose life and works had a big impact in York.
Written August 27, 2019
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Val W
Merthyr Tydfil, UK910 contributions
Small but fascinating!
Aug 2018 • Friends
This site could be easily over-looked but it is well worth a visit. The history of church is fascinating and stretches back to Viking times. It was the first church in the world to be dedicated to St. Olave and the story of him being chosen is so interesting in his own right and involves a character mentioned in Macbeth!

The stained glass is lovely and spans many eras.

It is very near the side entrance to the Museum Gardens and so (although outside the walls) it is not hard to reach.

It is still a working church and we actually saw a wedding taking place as we were passing.

We visited it twice - once independently and once on a walking tour of "Hidden York" when we were also able to enter the graveyard and small garden that we had not previously seen and where Etty who is so significant in Yorks's art history is buried.
Written August 25, 2018
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Neil K
Liverpool, UK609,060 contributions
To the patron saint of Norway.
Jul 2018 • Friends
While wandering around this part of town I came across this beautiful little church,although I couldn't gain access I was intriqued to the history of the church but couldn't find out much about it other than it's a beautiful 15th century church dedicated to the patron saint of Norway.
The church looks awesome, you can certainly tell it's got some serious history attached to it, I took a few photos before heading off.
You will find St Olaves Church on Marygate.
Well worth checking out.
Written July 25, 2018
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Sally W
Montrose, UK381 contributions
Easy to walk past but stop and enter
May 2018 • Solo
An oasis of calm. The day I visited the church was ringing with music from the organ, a real treat. The connection with Norway is apparent from the dedication to St Olaf - recalling the city's Viking past and continued connections. Do take the time to pop in here and appreciate yet another facet of York
Written May 13, 2018
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Andrew S
Ormskirk, UK573 contributions
Great old church, with some good stained glass
Nov 2016
We enjoyed our visit here. There is plenty to see, and a good guide book to assist you. A mix of old and new stained glass, including some good twentieth century glass by Harry Stammers. Well worth visiting.
Written November 9, 2016
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jetboot
Knaresborough, UK486 contributions
A hidden gem
Sep 2016 • Couples
I have walked past this church so many times after parking in Marygate and walking through museum gardens to the city centre.
I eventually went in and was amazed with the history of the church and the stained glass windows.
The majority of the building is from the 15th century and is certainly worth a visit
Written October 13, 2016
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Brian B
4 contributions
Sunday Sung Eucharist
Aug 2016 • Couples
A church I've walked past on several visits to York and wondered about the reason for its dedication to the patron Saint of Norway. This was all explained inside the church which is now open more often and holds an Anglican Sung Eucharist service on Sunday mornings. Steeped in history with a welcoming clergy and friendly parishioners.
Written September 9, 2016
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