Torpo stave church in Hallingdal
used to be seven stave churches in Hallingdal, but Torpo is the only original
one left in the valley - and this has only partly survived.
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around 1200, the stave church (or Stavkyrkje) suffered the fate of many
similar churches around the 1880's, when the fashion was to tear down the
old and build new churches.
The stave church at Gol - about 25 km down the valley - nearly suffered the same fate. It was dismantled and has been rebuilt as a major exhibit at the Norwegian Folk museum at Bygdoy in Oslo. A replica has recently been built in Gol.
a short diversion off the RV 7 road through Hallingdal. Parking:
on the road By bus:
Train available at Gol or Aal, on the Oslo - Bergen main line.
Distance from Stavanger: 380 km
Distance from Gol and Geilo: about 25 km
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Travel time from Stavanger:
8 hours by car
Duration of the visit:
about half an hour
not very interesting
Gol stave church
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