Churches in Hordaland

During the nineteenth century many medieval churches in the diocese of Bergen (Bjørgvin), both from stone and wood, were replaced by new and larger wooden buildings. The Lutheran state church wanted bright, modern churches for a new era. Some medieval churches did survive, and the furnishings of others went to the University Museum of Bergen (see the corresponding entry on this website).

Map of Bergen diocese in Johan Blaeu’s Atlas Maior, 1662
Map of Bergen diocese in Johan Blaeu’s Atlas Maior, 1662. Click to enlarge.

Below, a number of suggestions are made for visits to sites in Hordaland county, the countryside of Bergen, where history before and after the Reformation has left important visible traces.

Fantoft
Fantoft

Fana
Fana

Lyse Kloster
Lyse Kloster

 

Hamre
Hamre

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Holdhus

 

 

Voss
Voss

Moster
Moster

 

Kinsarvik
Kinsarvik

 

Eidfjord
Eidfjord

 

Røldal

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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