Bønsnes Kirche, Hole

Mittelalterkirche aus Stein gebaut. St. Olav war in genau dieser Gegend aufgewachsen, und die Kirche ist zu ihm geweiht. Die Landschaft ist ein uraltes, fruchtbares Bauernland am Tyri Fjord, von der Kirche übersehen. Durch die Jahrhunderte wurde die Kirche von den örtlichen Bauern erhalten.

Address:Bønsnes, 3530 Røyse
Charge:NOK 30 for guided tour
Open:Daily 11.00-15.00 from 1 July to 28 July
Distance:At the path

According to the legend, this romanesque styled stone church, was built by St. Olav whom the church is dedicated to. More likely, the church was built under Olav Kyrre's reign (1066-1093).

The church was poorly maintained throughout the 16th and 17th century, but was renovated in the late 17th and early 18th century. The wooden tower in front of the west gable was probably built in connection with roof and masonry repairs in the 1850s.

A beautiful Madonna sculpture carved in wood from approximately 1250 is one of the gems in the church, along with a crucifix from the 15th century. This is the only part that remains of the original medieval interior.The pulpit and altar was built around 1700.

Reference: www.kirkesok.no

Photo: kirkesøk.no