Hegge Stave Church

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Hegge Stave Church
AffiliationChurch of Norway
StatusRegularly used by the congregation.
LocationHegge, Oppland, Norway
Geographic coordinates61°9′24.11″N 9°1′33.13″E / 61.1566972°N 9.0258694°E / 61.1566972; 9.0258694
TypeStave church
Detail from the top of one of the interior staves

Hegge Stave Church (Norwegian: Hegge stavkyrkje) is an early 13th-century stave church located in Øystre Slidre municipality in Valdres, Norway.[1]

The first recorded reference to the church is from 1327. Dendrochronological dating of some of the logs in the church, however, indicates that the church was built around 1216. It is a basilica type church with 8 free-standing interior columns forming an arcade, surrounding a central area with a raised roof. A runic inscription on the church reads: Erling Arnson wrote these runes.[2]

The lower story of the bell tower is wider than the upper one. It is built apart from the church. The baptismal font is externally decorated with ornaments of knots, trees, human figures, and stars. A vestment at the church, made of coarse linen dates from 1686, and a painting of Isaac's Sacrifice was presented to the church in 1643.

After the Protestant Reformation, ridge turrets were raised, which changed the external appearances. In 1706 and in 1712, some repair work repairs were made on the church. The altar-piece was carved by a local artist in 1780. Major repair was carried out in 1924, under the leadership of architect Arnstein Arneberg, who later conducted extensive renovation of the Hamar Cathedral.[3]


  1. ^ "Hegge stavkirke (Store norske leksikon)". Archived from the original on 8 October 2012. Retrieved 10 July 2010.
  2. ^ "Hegge Stave Church (Valdres Samband)". Archived from the original on 28 July 2011. Retrieved 11 July 2010.
  3. ^ "Arnstein Arneberg (Store norske leksikon)". Archived from the original on 8 October 2012. Retrieved 11 July 2010.

Other sources[edit]

  • Bugge Gunnar Stavkirker, Stave Churches in Norway (Dreyers Forlag. Oslo: 1983) ISBN 82-504-2072-1
  • Rønningen, G. Kirketårn og takryttere fra 1621 til 1802 i Hamar (University of Oslo, 1990)

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