Kaupanger Stave Church
Kaupanger Stave Church
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Florence L
Sevres, France1,542 contributions
Very nice church, saw after crossing the fjord with the boat. The boat is not very big and won't take many cars at a time, but the wait is quite short. The church has nice surroundings.
Written August 30, 2021
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josepteresa
Stavanger, Norway155 contributions
Very interesting building from the XII century. The interior is interesting to see and especially when you can listen to the explanations of the guide. She was very helpful and keen to answer all our questions. Without a doubt, we can only recommend to visit this small church.
Written July 26, 2020
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Ron S
New York City, NY5,020 contributions
Couples
We managed to make it to the church just 20 or so minutes before the close. So we were the only visitors there. The guides, young high school students were very nice and offered to give us a tour of the church. The Kaupanger Stave Church is supported by 22 staves, has a unique baptistery font with a cover, a richly decorated pulpit and chancel, and is one of the oldest in Norway. We were told that is has up to 50% of original materials.
Written July 31, 2019
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Terry M
Hamilton, Canada4,010 contributions
Friends
This stave church was selected to visit as it was more on our way and there was no admission charge. One out of two turned out to be correct. The sixty krones admission charge would not have been a big deal but the credit card machine was not working. Several others in the group likewise were not carrying cash in Norway. I accordingly was only able to view the church exterior. The stave church is Norway’s biggest contribution to European architecture. I was surprised passing close to the structure how strong was the smell of cedar. The church design heralds back to the church’s early days in the 12th century. The cemetery surrounding most of the church was very well preserved.
Written July 21, 2019
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ailourophile
Glasgow148 contributions
Couples
Kauphanger proves that stave churches come in various sizes and styles and that they can be beautiful and interesting even without dragons. Kauphanger is still used by th community and this is valuable to recognise. A stave church can evolve and remain used.
Written July 8, 2019
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Ken W
Vancouver, Canada776 contributions
Couples
This is a wonderful little stave church. It is in great condition and sits in a lovely setting. For 70 NOK a local student will give a tour of the interior. It is a well preserved example of 12 th century Norwegian history
Written September 28, 2018
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KatieSmithExplores
Norfolk, UK162 contributions
Couples
I’m glad we visited this Stave Church. We were off season and it closes at the end of August, so we couldn’t go inside but interesting to see from the outside. Amazing how old these structures are! Plenty of parking - can’t comment on inside unfortunately and whether it would be worth the entrance fee, but worth a quick peek if you’re in the area.
Written September 27, 2018
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pj02013
Middleton, WI8 contributions
Family
The administrators were rude and unhelpful. Parking was terrible. Seems all they care about here is the tour busses. Never go to this church visit the others.
Written September 10, 2018
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plivsey2017
Avon, CT100 contributions
Couples
Stave churches are a fascinating part of Norwegian history and culture. This church is a beautiful example. What is surprising is how small the interior of the church is. When viewing the stave church make sure to also look at the modern church which was built in 1860. The museum is also worth a visit. It gives a good background on stave churches and the attempts to preserve them. I also found the docents in the museum and church to be very helpful.
Written July 20, 2018
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eyolfos
12 contributions
Couples
There may be more spectacular stave churches seen from the outside, but Kaupanger has one of the most complete packages: the interior is mostly intact from 1140, the various stages of its centuries of active use are clearly discernible and tell an interesting story about cultural history, church history, art, music.
It costs 70 kr to get in (remember to bring cash - they don't accept cards), and those are well spent. The guide is very knowledgeable, clearly interested in the topic, very friendly and charming.
All in all: a perfect five.
Written July 17, 2018
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