Side view of Sola Church

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Amelia Royan on December 22, 2008

Hello Mira, here is some of the history:

Sola ruinkirke, also known as Sola Old Church, is situated in the municipality of Sola in Rogaland. It was constructed in stone around year 1150 and was in use until 1842, when decay gradually set in.

The painter Johan Bennetter subsequently bought the church ruins in 1871, and turned them into a private home with studio. The Bennet family moved into a new house in 1907 which was raised in the garden. The basement of this house has been preserved in the form of a crater south-west of the church ruins. During the occupation, the Germans demolished the building in the 1940s, and left the church as a big heap of building materials. Luckily, each stone had been registered, and placement identified.

I 1982 the Directorate for Cultural Heritage and the municipality of Sola undertook a programme of clearing and restoration. This was completed with an archaeological excavation of the church ruins in 1986. The restoration work on the church was completed between 1992 and 1995.

So as you can see, the Ruinkirke original is no longer in existence, but I think they have made a reasonable job of creating something rather wonderful. I'm glad that you have found this Mira and have seen perhaps with my eyes. I too loved the shadows of the trees on the walls.

Greetings, Amelia

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Photo details

  • Uploaded on November 4, 2008
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    by Amelia Royan
    • Camera: SONY DSC-W90
    • Taken on 2008/11/04 16:22:17
    • Exposure: 0.010s (1/100)
    • Focal Length: 5.80mm
    • F/Stop: f/2.800
    • ISO Speed: ISO125
    • Exposure Bias: 0.00 EV
    • No flash