Cultural Heritage

The Stone house

Situated along Gudbrandsdalsleden
This unique stone house from the 13th century is just a small detour from the trail, close to the old vicarage.


Close to the trail

300 meters west of the Sister Churches you’ll find this white stone house, and the vicarage and vicarage garden. Steinhuset (the Stone House) is the fourth medieval building at Granavollen. The house is narrow and has two floors and a basement.

No one can say for certain for what purpose this house was built and by whom. There are many speculations - was it a monastery, guild hall or vicarage? The Stone House is located at the old vicarage, so perhaps one of the priests in Gran constructed it in the Catholic period? The dean, Bård, was a powerful and famous priest in Gran in the Catholic period. In royal sagas it is mantioned that Håkon Håkonson in 1225 traveled over Hadeland. Here he stayed with the dean, "which entertained him well." This p took place in the stone house.

Around 1960 the Stone House sorely needed a restoration and this was initiated by the women’s farm associations in Hadeland. Today, the house is owned by a trust and is used for meetings, concerts, parties etc.

Photo: Sven Rosborn / Wikimedia Commons