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Utstein kloster © Elisabeth Tønnesen

The Olav’s church

Årdal gamle kirke © Reisemål Ryfylke

but were restored and reconstructed in 1995.

The oldest parts of the stone church were built in 1250 on

­Popular for concerts and weddings. VII/B5

church was built on top of remains of a wooden church that Olav

Varhaug old cemetery

on an ancient place of cult, surrounded by obelisks. Today, the

the Varhaug farm in Hå. The cemetery dates to

the church. The church is currently undergoing restorations.

ably built here around year 1200. Small chapel

­initiative from the king Håkon Håkonsson, but it is said that the

Tryggvason constructed 250 years prior to this. The church is built

Located with the sea as its closest neighbour, at

only remaining obelisk is the largest, located to the northside of

the Middle Ages, and the first church was prob-

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from 1951. VII/B6

Årdal old church

In Årdal in Ryfylke is one of the most distinctive and ­beautiful

wooden renaissance churches from the 17th century. The church was built in three stages, the first stage in 1619. Inside, the

church has many beautiful painted decorations of prophets,

­angels and flowers. The pulpit and the altarpiece were decorated by the church artist Godtfred Hendtzchel. Open summer. VII/C4

Utstein monastery

The only preserved medieval monastery in Norway (1260). Has

been the King Harald Fairhair’s garrison. In medieval times, it was a monastery for Augustine monks and later a bailiff farm in the 1700s. Today, the monastery is run as a museum, a ­conference centre, a concert venue as well as offering rooms for private

On the northside of the Olav’s church, is a large obelisk. The legend says that when the time comes for the stone to touch the church wall, it is dooms day. There is currently 9,2 cm between the stone and the church wall! On top of the stone you can see chisel marks, supposedly these are from various priests, who in the dead of night climbed to the top and carved off a piece when they felt it was dangerously close to the wall.

­functions. Mosterøyveien 801, Mosterøy, utsteinkloster.no VII/B4

Stavanger cathedral

The cathedral is built in an Anglo-Norman style, supposedly

around 1125, when Sigurd Jorsalfarer made Stavanger a ­cathedral city. Bishop Reinald from Winchester was responsible for the building works. The church patron is Saint Swithun, and it is

­presumed that his arm is one of the original relics of the church. After the cathedral was damaged by a fire in 1272, it had a

new Gothic chancel. It’s the only medieval cathedral in Norway that has kept its original appearance while being in continuous

use. Stained glass works by Victor Sparre on the east façade of ­building, and a wood-carved pulpit from the 17th century. II/B3

Sola ruinkirke (ruin church)

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Guided church tours Strand church, 1874, is designed by the same archi­ tect that designed the castle in Oslo. Unique church art from the 1600s. Jørpeland church (Ryfylkebasilikaen) is also worth a visit. strandchurch.com

is built on the ruins of a Roman stone church from 1100. Large sections of the church were demolished during World War II

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