Høre stave church

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Høre stave church

Høre stave church (Høre Stavkyrkje) is a stave church located at Ryfoss in Vang municipality, Valdres, Norway. It was built in 1180 and rebuilt around 1820. It is the second church on this location, the previous church was a post church (a church with earth-bound posts standing directly on the ground).

It is dated through a runic inscription to 1180, and through dendrochronology to 1179.

There are a number of graves under the church, including those of children.

A runic inscription upon the pulpit reads: Þá, um þat sumar [létu] þeir brœðr Erlingr ok Auðun hôggva till kirkju þessar, er Erlingr ja[rl fe]ll í Niðarósi

Which translates: The brothers Erling and Audun had the timber for this church felled, the summer that Erling Jarl fell in Nidaros. This refers to the Battle of Kalvskinnet in 1179. There are also several other runic inscriptions, and items with runic inscriptions in the church.

It is possible that Duke Skule Bårdsson was married in this church in the 13th century.

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Coordinates: 61°9′12″N 8°48′14″E / 61.15333°N 8.80389°E / 61.15333; 8.80389