Holmenkollen Chapel, Oslo

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Holmenkollen Chapel is located at Holmenkollen in Oslo, Norway. The original chapel from 1903 was destroyed by fire in 1992. The new chapel was completed in 1996. Holmenkollen Chapel is a listed site, registered in Norway's cultural heritage database.Planning and construction of the former chapelHolmenkollen Chapel was first built in 1903 after designs by architect Peter Andreas Holger Sinding-Larsen as a paneled wooden pole construction. "Holmen og Voxenselskabet" was founded in 1880 for the acquisition and development of the area as a recreational area for locals. When the company disbanded in 1890, it gave one of its plots of ca. 10,000 m² to Oslo municipality to build a sports chapel.Closely related to Holmenkollen Chapel was Fortidsminneforeningen. This association was established in 1844 with several painters as initiators. It was primarily the painter Johan Christian Dahl who spoke in favour of a stave church. The association was the birthplace of a young generation of Norwegian architects around the turn of the 20th century, reviving the tradition of Norwegian wooden architecture. They searched back to the early Middle Ages, when Norway had its Golden Age. They emphasized identity and their own history, nature and architecture. Holmenkollen Chapel was a direct result of the young generation of architects' emerging awareness of this heritage.
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  • The original chapel from 1903 was destroyed by arson in 1992. The new chapel was completed in 1996 to resemble the original stave church. The church was closed during our visit. So couldn't see the in...  more »
  • When we arrived, there was a ceremony going on, several baptisms were being performed. For this reason, we preferred confidentiality and waited outside not to disturb. It was nice to see the Norwegian traditions even from the outside, some couples were with traditional clothes, beautiful indeed. At the end of this ceremony, we entered the Church so we could visit it. A young blond gentleman (chaplain?) answered us in a very annoyed and very disliked way that the Church was closed. I tried to kindly explain to him that it was a matter of entering two minutes, that we had waited for the ceremony to end so as not to disturb. But always arrogantly he told us that he was now closing and did not let us in. We were very hurt and disappointed, especially by the very rude tone used. The magic created by the people and these baptized little ones has fallen one stroke.
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  • I was amazed. Rarely seen such a beautiful church. Of course this is not a typical church like you know it from Spain etc.. The atmosphere was great and the smell of wood was great. Definitely worth a visit!
  • Lovely chapel. Great acoustics. Perfect for weddings, baptisms and other ceremonies. Beautifully reconstructed after the fire in 1994
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