Ringebu Stave Church

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Ringebu Stave Church
Ringebu Stavkirke.jpg
Ringebu Stave Church
AffiliationChurch of Norway
Ecclesiastical or organizational statusStave church
LocationRingebu, Norway
Geographic coordinates61°30′32″N 10°10′24″E / 61.50889°N 10.17333°E / 61.50889; 10.17333Coordinates: 61°30′32″N 10°10′24″E / 61.50889°N 10.17333°E / 61.50889; 10.17333
TypeStave church and timber frame (trellis)
Completedca. 1220. Extended in 1630, higher tower, Crossing and choir, new vestry, by Werner Olsen.

Ringebu Stave Church (Norwegian: Ringebu stavkyrkje) is a stave church located at the village of Ringebu in Ringebu municipality in Innlandet, Norway. It is situated in the traditional region of Gudbrandsdal. [1][2][3]


Ringebu Stave Church spire

Built in the first quarter of the 13th century, the church is first mentioned in 1270, although it could be older. It was rebuilt into a cruciform church around 1630 by master-builder Werner Olsen (ca. 1600–1682) and in 1631 received its characteristic red tower. [4]

Of the original church only the nave remains, with free-standing posts in the inner area. Later restoration in 1921 brought it back a bit closer to its original shape. The church was painted in 1717, but only the lower half of the walls were done, since the ceiling at that time was lower. At one point the church was painted white within, but during the restoration work by Ragnvald Einbu in 1921 the church interior was restored to its original colouring.[5]

There have been some archaeological surveys of the ground under the church. The last one took place in 1980–1981. These surveys have resulted in the finding of about 900 old coins, mostly from medieval times, especially from the period 1217–1263. Post holes from an older church have also been found. The post church is assumed to be a forerunner of the stave church. The earth-bound posts of these churches were planted directly into the ground, and therefore they were exposed to humidity which caused them to rot over the years.[6][7]

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  1. ^ "Ringebu stavkirke". Riksantikvaren. July 18, 2016. Retrieved October 1, 2017.
  2. ^ "Ringebu stavkirke". stavkirke.no. Retrieved October 1, 2017.
  3. ^ "Ringebu stavkirke". Sons of Norway. Retrieved October 1, 2017.
  4. ^ Kåre Hosar. "Werner Olsen". Norsk kunstnerleksikon. Retrieved October 1, 2017.
  5. ^ "Ringebu stavkirke". Den norske kirke. Retrieved October 1, 2017.
  6. ^ "Ringebu Stave Church". pilegrimsleden.no. Retrieved October 1, 2017.
  7. ^ Jørgen H. Jensenius. "Ringebu stavkyrkje". Stavkirke.info. Retrieved October 1, 2017.

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