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Tanum in Bærum is situated on the fertile Tanum plateau which is located approximately 150 meters above sea level. The Tanum area has a rich soil, and is the site of a number of farms. This areas is also known for its archaeological findings of several large burial mounds dating from the Iron Age to the Viking era.
Tanum Church (Tanum Kirke) was built between 1100 and 1130 in Romanesque architecture style. The building material was brick. During the early 1900s were, the church under went restoration. The church was expanded in 1722 and renovated 1973. The church is of long plan and has 250 number of seats. The church is noted for its plaster art. 
- philosopher Dagfinn Føllesdal lives in Tanum.
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