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Aker kirke church - The oldest church in Oslo.
Gamle Aker kirke or The Medieval Aker church dates back to at least year 1080 and is Oslo´s oldest church. And thus the oldest building in Oslo.
There has been fire in the church several times. The tower was struck by a lightning and the current tower dates back to 1861.
Unfortunately the church is closed. I had read that inside there is a baroque pulpit, so I was disappointed that it was closed.
Underneath the church there is an old silver mine, and the story goes that a dragon guards a treasure beneath the church.
There is a cemetary by the church, the oldest part of which dates back to the 12th century. From there is a great view of Grunerlökka and Oslo from here, seeing that Aker kirke church stands on a hill.
On Telhusbakken hill by the church poor people lived - there are many lovely old houses here - some dating back to 1880.
Gamle Aker Church from the 1100's
The Gamle Aker Church is a nice little medieval church which happens to be the oldest building (made of limestone on top of a silver mine) in Oslo, being built by King Olav Kyrre in 1080 as a church for all of Vingulmark.
It is free to go inside, daily 1200 to 1400... I did go at a diffrent time but still was able to peek inside. There is a pulpit and baptismal font from the 1700's. And there is small garden outside the church.
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Gamle Aker Kirke
Oslo’s oldest, dating from1080 this church which used to stand on a country hillside is now north of the city. The Anglo-Romanesque stone church has an elongated three-nave plan with a choir and chapel, and it can seat up to 450 people. The belfry was added in 1861 by H.E. Schirmer and Wilhelm von Hanno.
The church has been plundered and set on fire several times over the years; in 1703 it was even struck by lightning, and all contents were lost. Attending Mass here still takes your mind back to Medieval times,though the sermons a bit more up to date.
During World War II, Queen Maud's sarcophagus was hidden from the Nazis inside this church.
Lutheran services are conducted here from 9-11 on Sundays.
- Historical Travel
Oslo's Oldest Church - Gamle Aker Kirke
This stunning medieval church is a little walk out from the city center, but well worth a detour. I attended a wonderful "a capella" Christmas vocal concert here in December 2003. It's the kind of place which exists in a warp zone all its own. Please take a look at my travelogue of the church and its surrounding graveyard, "Midday in the Garden of Good and Lutefisk."
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