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Vaga Kyrkje, Vagamo

#8 of 20 in Historic Sites in Oppland
Religious Site · Hidden Gem · Tourist Spot
Vågå Church Vågå Stave Church, which was constructed around 1150, is one of the older stave churches in Norway. It was originally dedicated to St. Peter. The prior rectory was formerly called Ullinsyn. The older name of the site may show that even in pagan times, the location had been in use for worship.
The church was converted to a cruciform church in 1626–28. Only the carved portals and decorative wall planks survived from the original stave church. It was a half-timbered building, where the church materials are reused. The basic architectural plan is a Latin cross. Above the crossing is a turret with a high tower helmet and four small side towers, a legacy from the Gothic tower architecture.
The conversion was under the direction of Werner Olsen (1600–1682), who was also known as Werner Olsen Skurdal after the last of his residence. He was noted as a church and tower builder. He later worked on remodels to Lom Stave Church and Ringebu Stave Church.
The crucifix at Vågå church is early Gothic work, dating from the mid 13th century. The pulpit dates from the completion of the church in the 1630s. The sacristy, constructed of shaped logs, was built later on in the 1660s. The altar piece is from 1674 and the altar rail dates from 1758.
Jo Gjende, who was born in Vågå, was buried in Vågå churchyard. On his grave is a small soapstone monument, which shows a wild reindeer herd in flight, after a painting by
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  • This is a beautiful old wood church with a couple of remains from the original stave church which dates back to the 11 century  more »
  • Unfortunately we had to visit on a day this church was closed but the stave church elements are visible on the outside. We were also charmed by the separate belfry.  more »
  • Beautiful on the outside, but closed for visitors
  • Vågå kyrkje er en vakker trekirke reist mellom 1625 og 1630, delvis bygget på tremateriale fra eldre stavkirker som var i området. Ved siden av kirken står et laftet klokketårn fra 16 - 17.00-tallet. Kirken har et særpreget interiør med mye treskjæring, slik som alteret og prekestolen. Ved venstre side av alteret er veggen malt med svarthvitt motiver av Adam og Eva, Noas ark og Moses. Døpefonten er i kleberstein, antagelig fra 1200-tallet. Fra samme tid er også krusifikset i tre. Den omkringliggende kirkegården er også verd å se, med mange særpregede gravsteinen fra ulike tider. Et besøk i denne kirken gir et glimt av Vågås historie. Anbefaler også gudstjenestebesøk på søndager.

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