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Hove Stone Church
Vik - Norway

Hove Stone Church is one of the oldest in the region of Sogn and dates back to the end of the 12th century. The church was probably built on the old stone walls of a older church. Hove Stone Church stood to the 19th century when the church was threatened by demolishion. However, the architect Peter Andreas Blix who is known to be the savior of many churchs among them: Hopperstand Stave Church and Håkonshallen save this church as well.

The church is constructed of ashlaring walls with a square west tower, rectangular nave and lower rectangular chancel and apse. The south door is at the base of the tower, whilst there are south doors in the chancel and the western end of the nave. The masonry work of the western part of the church is noticeably less precise than that of the eastern end. The difference can also be traced in the profile of the foundation and is probably attributable to either different stages of building or a change of masons.





 

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YEA, Christian! :applause: Thank you very much for introducing us to this lovely house of worship! :)

I want to make a toast in honor of the architect Peter Andreas Blix for saving this precious gem. :master:

A quick note on churches: they were traditionally built on an east-west axis, with the tower in the west and the apse on the east side. Why? The altar faced the rising sun while the tower in the west helped to stave off the enemies.
 
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