Nore Stave Church

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Nore Stave Church
Nore Stave Church
Nore Stave Church in 1931

Nore Stave Church (Norwegian: Nore stavkyrkje) is a stave church located at Nore in Nore og Uvdal, Norway.


Dendrochronological dating of wood samples indicate that Nore stave church was built after 1167.[1] The church was built with galleries, a chancel and cross naves - an architectural style that was unique in Europe during the Middle Ages. This style is called the Nummedals-type. The church also has a central mast, that was originally the support for a tower, mostly likely containing church bells. The walls and ceiling of the interior are decorated with murals, among them scenes from the Bible presented as riddles. The chancel was replaced in 1683 and the spokes of the nave in the first half of 18th century.

In 1888, art historian, professor of art history and author, Lorentz Dietrichson (1834 - 1917), became the owner of the church. Professor Dietrichson, who had played a major role in founding the Society for the Preservation of Ancient Norwegian Monuments (Fortidsminneforeningen), donated the property to the society in 1890.[2][3]


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Coordinates: 60°09′52.4″N 9°00′36.9″E / 60.164556°N 9.010250°E / 60.164556; 9.010250