We took the tram and followed the signs. In 20 minutes, the Viking-built structure had collapsed into charred remains. It's nice that they rebuilt it but it's still not the same. Everyone, that is, except perhaps those responsible for burning the church to the ground. In all, 22 historic churches have been destroyed by arson since 1992, including Holmenkollen Chapel, where the late King Olav V and his family had attended. Built by the same carpenters who built the great Viking ships, they meld Norse imagerysuch as dragon heads, snakes, and vineswith Christian symbols. The stave church is beautiful, but I was disappointed because there was no information about it.
Browse 60+ years of magazine archives and web exclusives. Entry is regulated so that groups do not overfill the church, so a good visit is possible. Log in to continue reading. Congregations rebuild after Satanist arsons. Log in for full digital access. CTWeekly delivers the best content from ChristianityToday.com to your inbox each week. On reaching the church there is little information about it. The epidemic grew so rampant two To continue reading, subscribe now. It is a very sad thing that happened. Worth a visit. Survey finds they seek counseling and support at higher rates than in secular schools. Interestingly, it was all built without using nails. To get there you have to take the tram in Bergen and the journey takes about 15 minutes plus 10 minute walk. Fantoft Stavkirke is a replica because the original was burned down years ago by an arsonist. The church is very small, but ideal for a few minutes of calm in a wooded surrounding. The church is difficult to find if not with a group. I bounced from home to home before finding the Father my heart yearned for. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews. "It was a very happy day for everyone.". To share this article with your friends, use any of the social share buttons on our site, or simply copy the link below. Sign up for our newsletter: It is a perfect example of the mastery of the old Norwegian craftsmen. Already a CT subscriber? This is the version of our website addressed to speakers of English in the United States. This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Points of Interest & Landmarks, Flea & Street Markets, Piers & Boardwalks, Piers & Boardwalks, Historic Walking Areas, Points of Interest & Landmarks, Mountains, Ask Greg_and_Claude about Fantoft Stavkirke, PRIVATE TOUR: Bergen city sightseeing, 3 hours. Although it was a rainy day, it was a beautiful walk through the woods to the church. Share your feedback here. On June 6, 1992, an arsonist poured gasoline on the tarred pine walls of the church and set it ablaze. The new church is only a replica, but to the hundreds of worshipers and tourists who made their way through the forest to reach it, the structure is just as important as the 850-year-old edifice that stood on the spot five years ago. Nearly 300 people showed up for an August consecration service for the rebuilt Fantoft stave church, outside the coastal city of Bergen, Norway. The ancient mosaics, identified by the biblical heroines telltale tent stake, were discovered during a synagogue excavation in Galilee. "People got very angry and very sad, but a lot were saying we shouldn't be angry because then the Satanists would have won," says Droi. The building holds only 66. One of only 28 left of the original 800 stave churches of the Middle Ages. Norway's stave churches are the country's most recognizable national treasures. See something we missed? Only 28 of the churches, which numbered between 800 and 1,100 in the twelfth century, remain. more, PRIVATE TOUR: Bergen city sightseeing, 4 hours. "We wanted to show that they can destroy the church but not the message.". There were no flyers or any information about it on Norwegian, English or any other language. Our digital archives are a work in progress. Subscribers receive full access to the archives. "There was a feeling of victory," says Arne Droi, a staff member and guide for the church. Let us know if corrections need to be made. Have something to add about this? It takes your breath away! Inside was beautiful with a warm golden feel and some lovely carvings near the pews. To unlock this article for your friends, use any of the social share buttons on our site, or simply copy the link below. The architecture was very interesting and looked like something from a children's fairy tale, multi- tiered with wooden dragon heads adorning the roof. Once inside, it is simply decorated and is serene. If you are a resident of another country or region, please select the appropriate version of Tripadvisor for your country or region in the drop-down menu. For us, it was well worth the walk. Subscribers have full digital access. Already a subscriber? SATANISTS BLAMED: Police and the owners of the church attribute the fire to Varg Vikernes, a Satanist-nationalist musician serving 21 years for murdering a rival musician and for setting four other church fires. I would have rather not taken the time to see it and would rather see an original Stavkirke. Archaeologists Uncover First-Known Depictions of Jael and Deborah, God Wanted Me When the Foster-Care System Didnt, At Religious Schools, Gen Z Students Are Breaking Mental Health Stigmas, Complete access to articles on ChristianityToday.com, Over 120 years of magazine archives plus full access to all of CTs online archives. Church was built at Fortun in Sogn in 1150, moved to Fantoft in 1883, destroyed by fire in 1992.