Stiklestad Church

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Stiklestad Church
Stiklestad kirke
View of the church
Stiklestad Church is located in Nord-Trøndelag
Stiklestad Church
Stiklestad Church
Location in Nord-Trøndelag
Stiklestad Church is located in Norway
Stiklestad Church
Stiklestad Church
Location in Nord-Trøndelag
Coordinates: 63°47′49″N 11°33′36″E / 63.7969°N 11.5600°E / 63.7969; 11.5600
Location Verdal, Nord-Trøndelag
Country Norway
Denomination Church of Norway
Churchmanship Evangelical Lutheran
Status Parish church
Functional status Active
Architect(s) Archbishop Øystein Erlendsson
Completed 1180
Capacity 520
Materials Stone
Parish Stiklestad
Deanery Sør-Innherad
Diocese Diocese of Nidaros

Stiklestad Church (Norwegian: Stiklestad kirke) is a parish church in the municipality of Verdal in Nord-Trøndelag county, Norway. It is located in the village of Stiklestad. The church is part of the Stiklestad parish in the Sør-Innherad deanery in the Diocese of Nidaros. The stone church building was completed in 1180. It was designed by Archbishop Øystein Erlendsson and it seats about 520 people.


The church was built at the site of the Battle of Stiklestad. During the battle, St. Olaf received three severe wounds—in the knee, in the neck, and the final mortal blow through the heart—and died leaning against a large stone. The church building is assumed to have been erected on the exact spot where St. Olaf was killed during that battle and that stone is supposedly still inside the altar of the church.[1][2]

The Stiklestad Church is the namesake of the Stiklestad United Lutheran Church in Minnesota, United States, established by Norwegian emigrants in 1897.[3]


View of the Stiklestad church grounds
View of the area (scroll to the right for more of the picture)

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Verdal historielag. "Stiklestad kirke" (in Norwegian). Retrieved 2011-07-04. 
  2. ^ Store norske leksikon. "Stiklestad" (in Norwegian). Retrieved 2011-07-04. 
  3. ^ Harvey, Tom (September 1979). "Minnesota Historic Properties Inventory Form: Stiklestad Church" (PDF). National Park Service. Retrieved 2015-07-29.