Bønsnes Church

Situated along Gudbrandsdalsleden
This medieval stone church is connected to St. Olav because, according to Snorre’s Sagas, this is where he grew up. The church is located with a wide view southwards over the Tyri Fjord. Through centuries, local farmers have cared for and maintained it.


Bønsnesveien 409, 3530 Røyse


Summer season


On the trail

According to legend, this romanesque styled stone church, was built by St. Olav. It is also dedicated to him. It is, however, more likely that 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 at the 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 and a crucifix from the 15th century are some of the treasures that can be seen in this church. These are the only remaining objects from the original interior. The pulpit and altar was built around 1700.

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Outside the church you can find a toilet, a bench and a guestbook with a nice stamp.