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Urnes Stave Church

Orneset | Ornes 102, 6870, Norway
+47 57 67 88 40
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Worth the effort.

It’s worth the effort to get here if you’re staying at Solvorn. Helps take you back into history... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
David Y
Fantastic carving - fabulous location.

We actually drove all the way up the fjord along the narrow little road that takes you Ornes... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Ian J
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Urnes Stave Church is the only stave church on the UNESCO World Heritage List (since 1979), and is an outstanding example of traditional North-Western European wooden architecture. It brings together traces of Celtic art, Viking traditions and Romanesque spatial structures. The wooden church was built in the 12th Century and is surrounded by a medieval cemetary and situated on the Ornes promontory in the dramatic, steep fjord landscape of Western Norway. The stave churches constitute one of the most elaborate and technically advanced types of wooden construction that formerly existed in North-Western Europe. Today they are only found in Norway where 28 of them are preserved. Of these Urnes stave church is the most outstanding and oldest example. The church is unique both as a representative of the highest technical standard in wood construction during the middle ages and as an artistic object. The church expresses in wood the language and spatial structures of Romanesque stone architecture. Some reused outside panels from an earlier 11th Century church have sculpted decor of exquisite quality in the Celitic/Viking tradition known as the Urnes style. The carvings are of an unparalleled quality and depicts different biblical and mythical creatures. The carvings are important both as outstanding artistic artifacts, and as a link between the pre-Christian Nordic culture and the Christianity of the medieval ages. The carvings are also a sign of the cultural and religious connection between Norway and the Celtic people on the British isles.
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Reviewed 4 days ago

It’s worth the effort to get here if you’re staying at Solvorn. Helps take you back into history over 1000 years ago. Our ferry ride was chill but the short hike up warmed us. Yew bought fresh raspberries and passed a farm with reindeer.

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Reviewed 1 week ago

We actually drove all the way up the fjord along the narrow little road that takes you Ornes - which made the whole process feel more like a pilgrimage (and, if you have the time, is definitely worth doing - a beautiful trip). The church...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

A delightful Church with a fascinating history. Highly recommend the guided tour which takes you back into what the church would have been like when it was first constructed. Also great example of later renovations which were a bit dodgy! Make the detour and visit...More

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Reviewed July 11, 2018 via mobile

We visited this church 11.07.2018. The church was fascinating, the guide was well prepared, really pro, but we had a bad experience when buying tickets at the cashier, as a change we got a 100 banknote -which turned out to be expired, not valid anymore....More

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Jon E T, Owner at Urnes Stave Church, responded to this reviewResponded July 13, 2018

Dear Anita H, We are very sorry about the mistake made by our cashier on the 11th July...! Please contact us at urnes@stavechurch.com, so you can return the invalid 100 bank note and get a valid note. (Alternatively you can visit a bank to change...More

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Reviewed June 1, 2018

We came right before closing time and didn't have time to walk up from the ferry (we brought our car), but we still got excellent guiding about the history of the church: the theories surrounding its building and early use, as well as history up...More

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Reviewed March 2, 2018

Listed as a World Heritage site, this stunning wood built church combines the influences of Celtic and Viking art incorporated into a Romanesque architectural style. Carvings on the north side of the church come from a previous building on this site and combines the fanciful...More

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Reviewed August 2, 2017

OK, so this is reputedly the oldest Stave church in the country, and the only one Unesco listed, and impressive it certainly is. Not easily accessed as it is across Sogn og Fjordane (Sognefjord) from the village of Solvorn although the ferry is regular and...More

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Reviewed July 27, 2017

This extremely well positioned church high above the fjord is smaller than you might think from the pictures. As with the stave church in Burgundy you feel the connection with the old norse world and the transition into christianity. The church is from around 1150,...More

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Reviewed July 27, 2017

The Urnes Stave Church dates back to 1130 and is extremely well preserved. It was built as a private chapel. Carvings on the outside of the church's north wall date from a previous church built in 1070. The carvings have been preserved by pitch and...More

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Reviewed July 10, 2017

I visited this Stave Church from Sogndal and indeed it was worth the visit. I took the bus to Solvorn and then a ferry from Solvorn to Ornes. The Stave Church is a bit uphill hike up from the ferry terminal in Sogndal. The hike...More

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Pamela R
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Response from Barheat | Reviewed this property |
I don't think that this is a day trip. By car the trip is ~2.5 hours (91km). You would have to investigate ferry routes from Flam to Solvorn (I'm not sure if they exist). It is over 3 hours by bus, taking two buses. From... More
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