Hoff Church

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Hoff church, Østre Toten, Norway

Hoff stone church (Hoff kirke) is a stone church outside Lena, Østre Toten municipality, Oppland county, Norway.


Hoff stone church was built around the 11th century. Hoff church is similar in construction to the old cathedrals at Hamar, Nikolai Church in Gran, Old Aker Church, and Ringsaker Church. The joint model for these churches was the historic Hallvards Cathedral, the main church of medieval Oslo. After 1658, Hallvards Cathedral was demolished with only ruins left of the former cathedral in Oslo.[1]

Hoff stone church was built of limestone. The church has been restored several times, including 1508, 1703 and lastly in 1952. The remodel in 1703 resulted in structural changes. The entire tower and the nave were removed and aisles walls built higher.

The church has a distinctive collection of paintings dating from the late 17th century. The church has a gallery and a total of 332 seats. It is known for its excellent acoustics and is often used for concerts. Hoff Church is associated with the Church of Norway, Østre Toten Parish Council of the Diocese of Hamar which covers Oppland and Hedmark.[2]


Other sources[edit]

  • Ekroll, Øystein (1997) Med kleber og kalk, Norsk steinbyggning i mellomalderen 1050—1550 (Oslo) ISBN 82-521-4754-2

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Coordinates: 60°41′02″N 010°50′41″E / 60.68389°N 10.84472°E / 60.68389; 10.84472