Fantoft Stave Church

Fantoftvegen 38, 5072 Bergen, Norway

Many of Norway’s stunning stave churches are difficult to visit without a car because they were built outside of villages, deep in the fjords. Fantoft Stave Church is in a Bergen suburb and therefore is one of the most accessible in Norway. Originally built in Sogn in 1150 and relocated here in 1883 to prevent demolition, the church was sadly destroyed by arson in 1992. A faithful reconstruction of the original design stands here today, using planks, columns, and supports dovetailed or pegged together instead of nailed. Thanks to this, the dimly lit church allows a revealing look at the architectural style and is well worth the short trip on the city’s light-rail system.

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