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Tanum Church , Oslo

Tanum Church  - Oslo, Norway
Tanum Church
Tanumveien 133, Bærum, Norway 1341Map
+47 6754 2480/+47 8153 0555(Tourist Information)
Neighborhood: Greater Oslo
Overview

Tanum Church, built in the 1100s was made famous by a painting by Harriet Backer (1845-1932). Someone had foreseen its collapse on a Whitsunday, but there is little to suggest that the prediction will ever come true, as the mortar-coated stone walls look as solid as ever. Legend tells us that the Church was not originally planned to be located here, but one dark night the building materials were moved here by unknown pranksters. The sombre interior contains fourteenth-century murals and sculptures, as well as Frederich Zebal's Renaissance altarpiece (1663). Around 1722 the church was enlarged by eight meters. The ceiling frescoes date from that period, as do the pulpit and the baptismal font (1724). The whole church was restored in the 1970s. On one corner of the wall that surrounds the churchyard, you should see the "Singing Bridal Stone," off which newlywed brides used to mount their horses. The church's southern entrance was bricked up after a jealous murder took place under it. Needless to say, this church is an interesting tourist spot.

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