Røldal stave church

The Stave Church is a stave church Røldal in Norway. She stands in Røldal in the municipality of Odda in the province of Hordaland on the E134. The church was built around the year 1250; the first written record took place in 1462.


Original construction

The church was originally built as a single-nave hall church. The choir and the ship had the same width. Excavations have shown that the load-bearing posts ( bars ) directly on a stone foundation were ( with thresholds between the posts ). These were discovered in 1844, when the church was rebuilt. Around the church there existed a so-called Svalgang.

Reconstruction in 1844

1844, the church was extended: The interior has been enhanced and expanded to the west.

Restoration 1915-1918

In the period of 1915-1918, the church was extensively restored under the architect Jens Z. Kielland. The wall paneling from the 18th century were removed and the interior restored ( Renaissance ). There was also a new Svalgang built around the church.

The majority of medieval construction in the nave and choir room along with the concomitant roofs could be obtained. Parts of the south portal are also still original. In the church there is a crucifix from the 12th century, the baptismal font is made ​​of soapstone (probably from the 13th century).

In Bergen Museum a number of parts of the church are preserved ( construction and interior decoration). There, among others, the altar and wooden figures of St. Olav ( 1250 ), Mother of God ( 1250 ) and the Archangel Michael are (about 1200 ).


The church is still used for worship.


From the outside, rather inconspicuous, can be found inside rose painting by Gottfried Hendtzschel and a crucifix, the healing powers were attributed. The church was in the 13th century one of the most famous pilgrimage churches in Norway. Especially at St. Hans ( Midsummer Festival, which is celebrated in Norway in the night of 24th June) there was a large flow of pilgrims. On this day, the legend began after the crucifix to sweat, solving a particularly strong healing effect. Later it turned out that the sweating was triggered by the high humidity of the breath of the many pilgrims present.