The Hegge stave church dates back to 1216 and it had it's 800th anniversary in 2016! The church is still in use as a parish church in the local community. However, the church has been rebuilt a number of times and would hardly have been recognized by those who saw it originally. In exterior is not entirely different from Lomen stave church.
It has a carved gate from the Middle Ages and inside the church you can see the original staves with carved face masks. One of the staves has a runic inscription. The baptismal fountain made of soapstone is from the 1100s and the altarpiece has a unique history which you can read further down.
The alterpiece, dating back to 1782, has its own special history. Four men from Hegge were in Gudbrandsdalen to trade livestock, but in the mountains they got caught up in a storm. They promised God that if thye were to return home alive, each of them would donate the value of a cow to Hegge Church. They kept their promise, ordered and paid for the altarpiece in Gudbrandsdalen and brought it home on a sledge.
Opening hours 2019
Open everyday from 1 July - 11 August, free entrance
Open with a guide present Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday at 4 pm - 6 pm
Guide Saturday, Sunday and Mondag at 11 am - 4 pm
If you are a group that are interesstet in guide outside the season and opening hours you can take contakt with Øystres Slidre kyrkjekontor / church office, Tel. (+47) 61 35 25 78 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. The price is NOK 500,-
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Types of church
- stave church