Hopperstad stavkirke, Vikoyri

#5 of 21 in Historic Sites in Sogn og Fjordane
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Hopperstad Stave Church (Norwegian: Hopperstad stavkyrkje) is a historic parish church of the Church of Norway in Vik Municipality in Vestland county, Norway. It is located in the village of Vikøyri. It was once the church for the Hopperstad parish in the Diocese of Bjørgvin. The church is currently owned by the Society for the Preservation of Ancient Norwegian Monuments. The brown, wooden stave church was built during the 12th century. The church seats about 30 people.
The stave church is assumed to have been built around the year 1130 and still stands at its original location. In 1997, a series of samples from the logs were collected for dendrochronological dating of the church. A total of seven samples produced an estimate for the construction ranging from 1034 to 1116 and resulted in no definite conclusion. The only possible conclusion is that this is one of the oldest stave churches still standing in Norway.

The church is currently owned by the Society for the Preservation of Ancient Norwegian Monuments. The two old parishes of Hopperstad and Hove were abolished in 1875, and replaced by the new, united, Vik parish. The new Vik Church was finished in 1877, and the two medieval churches of Hopperstad and Hove have since then been turned into museums.
There is a replica of the Hopperstad reconstruction at the Heritage Hjemkomst Center in the city of Moorhead in the state of Minnesota in the United States. It was consecrated in 1998.
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  • We walked about 20 minutes from the fyord ferry dock, passing through the village centre. Hopperstad is located in a rural setting. Beautifully preserved. We were moved to find engravings, intact...  more »
  • Was on trip with Go Fjords and came to Vik and visited this unique and quaint Church. Guided tour spoke of its history.  more »
  • This all-wooden (stave) church was small, but had a lot of history to it. Recommend taking a tour where this is included because there is a lot of information (color, holes, age, designs, etc) that only a professional could properly explain. Interesting story, but a bit out of the way for such a small attraction in the city of Vik.
  • Stunning building which was restored by the generosity of one man. Gorgeous carving. Don't miss the dragons!
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