Rødven Stave Church

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Rødven Stave Church
Rødven stavkyrkje
Rødven stave church - 2006-07-22.jpg
View of the church (22 July 2006)
Rødven Stave Church is located in Møre og Romsdal
Rødven Stave Church
Rødven Stave Church
Location of the church
Rødven Stave Church is located in Norway
Rødven Stave Church
Rødven Stave Church
Rødven Stave Church (Norway)
62°37′26″N 07°29′38″E / 62.62389°N 7.49389°E / 62.62389; 7.49389Coordinates: 62°37′26″N 07°29′38″E / 62.62389°N 7.49389°E / 62.62389; 7.49389
LocationRauma Municipality,
Møre og Romsdal
DenominationChurch of Norway
Previous denominationCatholic Church
ChurchmanshipEvangelical Lutheran
StatusParish church
Foundedc. 1300
Functional statusMuseum
Architectural typeMøre-type stave church
Completedc. 1300
ParishEid og Holm
DeaneryIndre Romsdal prosti

Rødven Stave Church (Norwegian: Rødven stavkyrkje) is a former parish church (now a museum) of the Church of Norway in Rauma Municipality in Møre og Romsdal county, Norway. The stave church is located in the village of Rødven. It was a church in the Eid og Holm parish which is part of the Indre Romsdal prosti (deanery) in the Diocese of Møre. The brown, wooden church was built in a long church style during the 12th century by an unknown architect. The church seats about 100 people.[1][2][3]


Rødven Stave Church is no longer actively used and it has been owned by the Society for the Preservation of Norwegian Ancient Monuments since 1907, when a new Rødven Church was built next to this church building. Although it is a museum, it does have one worship service each year on Olsok, the eve of St. Olav's Day.[4]

According to a notice board outside the church, the nave and south porch date from the 14th century, the crucifix dates from the 13th century and the pulpit from 1712. Inside are an ornately carved crucifix and pulpit. The church is a Møre-type stave church due to its structure and the exterior support posts that brace the walls. During an archeological survey in 1962-1963, marks were found from posts for an older building on the same location.[5][6][7]

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  1. ^ "Rødven stavkirke". Kirkesøk: Kirkebyggdatabasen. Retrieved 2019-07-05.
  2. ^ "Oversikt over Nåværende Kirker" (in Norwegian). KirkeKonsulenten.no. Retrieved 2019-07-05.
  3. ^ "Rødven stavkirke". Kulturminnesøk. Retrieved 2017-10-01.
  4. ^ Havran, Jiri. Norwegian Stave Churches. Oslo: ARFO. pp. 152–157. ISBN 9788291399355.
  5. ^ "Rødven stavkyrkje" (in Norwegian). Stavkirke.info. Retrieved 2010-12-15.
  6. ^ "Rødven stavkirke". lokalhistoriewiki.no. Retrieved 2017-10-01.
  7. ^ "Rødven kirkested - Rødven stavkirke" (in Norwegian). Norwegian Directorate for Cultural Heritage. Retrieved 2019-07-05.

Related reading[edit]

  • Anker, Leif (2005). The Norwegian Stave Churches. Oslo: Arfo Forlag. ISBN 9788291399294.

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