Kvernes Stave Church

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to: navigation, search
Kvernes Stave Church
Kvernes stavkyrkje
Kvernes Stavkyrkje, Averøy, East view 20150604 1.jpg
View of the church
Kvernes Stave Church is located in Møre og Romsdal
Kvernes Stave Church
Kvernes Stave Church
Location in Møre og Romsdal
Kvernes Stave Church is located in Norway
Kvernes Stave Church
Kvernes Stave Church
Location in Møre og Romsdal
Coordinates: 63°00′19″N 7°43′19″E / 63.0053°N 7.72194°E / 63.0053; 7.72194
Location Averøy Municipality,
Møre og Romsdal
Country Norway
Denomination Church of Norway
Churchmanship Evangelical Lutheran
Founded First half of the 14th century
Status Parish church
Functional status Museum
Architectural type Stave church
Closed 1894
Materials Wood
Parish Kvernes
Deanery Ytre Nordmøre
Diocese Diocese of Møre

Kvernes Stave Church (Norwegian: Kvernes stavkyrkje) is a historic stave church located in Averøy Municipality in Møre og Romsdal county, Norway. The old church sits along the Kvernesfjorden in the village of Kvernes, just to the north of the Kvernes Church, the present church for the parish. The stave church was probably built during the first half of the 14th century. In 1894, it was put up for sale and was bought by a group of individuals who donated it as a gift to Society for the Preservation of Ancient Norwegian Monuments.[1][2]

The church is a single-nave church of the "Møre"-type, characterized by central posts in the external wall and crossbeams. The small nave measures only 16 by 7.5 metres (52 by 25 ft) and the choir is only 7 by 7.5 metres (23 by 25 ft), making it one of the smallest stave churches in existence. When the church was rebuilt in 1633, the front door was moved from the nave's west side to the south side. In 1776 it was rebuilt, and again in 1810 to add a tower.[3][4]

Media gallery[edit]


  1. ^ Store norske leksikon. "Kvernes stavkirke" (in Norwegian). Retrieved 2010-11-19. 
  2. ^ "Kvernes stavkirke". Kirkesøk: Kirkebyggdatabasen. Retrieved 2013-05-04. 
  3. ^ "Kvernes Stave Church". Fortidsminneforeningen. Retrieved 2010-11-19. 
  4. ^ "Kvernes Stavkirke" (in Norwegian). Averøy kommune. Retrieved 2013-05-04. 

External links[edit]