Hopperstad stavkirke

Architecture & Buildings

Europe, Norway, Sogn og Fjordane

Hopperstad Stave Church (Norwegian: Hopperstad stavkyrkje) is a stave church near Vik√łyri in the municipality of Vik in Sogn og Fjordane county, Norway. The stave church is assumed to have been built around 1130 and still stands at its original location. The church is owned by the Society for the Preservation of Ancient Norwegian Monuments. In 1997, a series of samples from the logs were collected for dendrochronological dating of the church. A total of seven samples produced an estimate for the construction ranging from 1034 to 1116 and resulted in no definite conclusion. The only possible conclusion is that this is one of the oldest stave churches still standing.