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Torpo stave church in Hallingdal

There 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.
In 1880 the chancel was torn down, and the nave (the tower or spire part) was only just saved in time. It was to be demolished to make way for the new church, which is now alongside.

the old church and the new
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the stave church Built 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.
Map reference:
By car:
a short diversion off the RV 7 road through Hallingdal. Parking:
on the road By bus:
  By train:
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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ornate carving around the entrance door
the main body (chancel) of the church was destroyed in 1880 Travel time from Stavanger:
8 hours by car
Duration of the visit:
about half an hour

Kids verdict:
not very interesting
See also:
Gol stave church
Hotel booking in the mountains of Buskerud
an old log cottage on the site
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