Berg Church

Situated along Borgleden

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Berg Church is one of Østfold County's 16 medieval churches. It was built during the first half of the 12th century, when the Christian faith was still new in Norway.


Lundestadveien 190, 1763 Halden



Lundestadveien 190, 1763 Halden


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At the path

The church is strategically placed for passing pilgrims, with the old trading route to the north, and the sea route in the south. The nave was expanded during medieval times, and seems strikingly long. The church has preserved its authenticity, among other things by maintaining the original southern entrance. Berg Church is unusual by not having a church porch, or weaponhouse, as it is called in Scandinavia.

Inside of the over 2 meter thick stone walls, the first thing you will notice, is the altarpiece from the 17th century. It was made by Niels "Snekker" (Carpenter) from Fredrikstad. If you look closely, you'll notice the monogram of the Danish-Norwegian king, Christian Quart, and several coat of arms from famous families in Østfold county. The baptismal font made of soapstone, is the only inventory left from the Middle Ages.

By the church's outer western wall, you'll find a limestone plate. This is the churchyard's oldest gravstone, made in the 17th century. The plate is decorated with a skull symbol.