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Hol Old Church

Tar Brown and værgnudd extends Hol Old Church strakes and master down between the green valley at the north end of Holsfjord. Architecturally, this ship-like house of God with sine180 seating a conglomeration of styles. The oldest part, apis, testify that the building was originally built as a stave church in the 1200s.

According to traditions are Hol Old Church youngest of the three churches that were set up in Hol village, yet it has allegedly served as a sort of magnetic center of social malnourished holing since the Middle Ages. Hard toil for a meager livelihood was life up there in the mountains, gathering of the church when the bells rang to the exhibition was a party.


The first of the churches in the parish was placed in Kyrudalen (Church Valley), but disappeared under a mudslide after a few years of use. Church number two was erected at the south end of Tingvoll Holsfjorden, but this church's history was as short as it was also wiped out by landslides.

The "young" Old Church, which in a sense, deserves mention as a 800-year-old, has been extended several times, in keeping with a growing population of Hol. The first extension took place in the 1500s, then in 1697 and in 1799 when the church got the form it appears today. The church hill that slopes down towards the water, the two older log buildings preserved - "Things Cottage" which was used by the church - and "Priest Cottage" where the priest, before Hol was a parish could lodge when he visited the village to perform the duties counselor.

A recent comprehensive restoration of Hol Old Church was begun in 1938 and ended in 1954 with repair of stone walls. The work was led by the then 86 years old Ola Grostølen.

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Comments (11)

arch.khazarian on July 6, 2010

I Like it................................. BO


Roland&Sandrine on August 30, 2010

Very nice Churche... BRAVO


K@rin on August 30, 2010

Thanks Roland

Alina Sbitneva on March 10, 2011

Very nice wooden architecture!

Like Alina

K@rin on March 10, 2011

HI ALINA thanks , it was a lovely small church and a very friendly Norwegian girl guided us there ! best wishes to you :)

maurodiotto & mara on October 24, 2011

Beautiful photo of this church. LIKE 4. This picture should be good for our group Country Churches - Chiese di Campagna. Hello from Mauro & Mara.

Canadian Mike on July 10, 2012

Leuke kerkjes vind ik dit, schots en scheef en allemaal heel erg mooi :) YsL en Groeten uit Westfriesland!

K@rin on July 11, 2012

hello Mauro and Mara sorry for late reply , thanks for the lovely visit and like, best wishes to you

K@rin on July 11, 2012

Hi Mike dit was een heel oud kerkje

we kregen er een erg leuke rondleiding door een Noorse schone , heel vriendelijk , we waren de enige bezoekers en hebben naderhand nog een kopje koffie met haar gedronken, dank voor je YSL , groetjes Karin

© Paolo Bonassin on September 6, 2012

E' una foto molto bella,mi piace LIKE6 , Un saluto Paolo

K@rin on September 6, 2012

ciao Paolo thanks for the very beautiful compliment and like, was a lovely historical church and a very friendly girl to guide us and tell about the interior and all, best wishes to you

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