Old Aker Church
Old Aker Church
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Oslo's oldest church, dating to 1100 AD.
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permia
Ireland61,423 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2022
A treasured place of worship, still extant from its completion in the mid 1100s. In the Romanesque style, it is surmised that it was built by King Olav.

It has been restored a number of times during the long centuries, and today is very impressive. It is the starting point for the Pilgrim Route to Trondheim. While visiting chatted to some people starting off on that long and holy trek.

Surrounded by a cemetery with headstones a number of them quite old. In the grounds is a lovely sculpture of a woman with head bowed and holding a garland of flowers.
Written 1 July 2022
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Lars H
Norway146 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2019
I have often visited this old church, as I think it is a beautiful building. The church is well worth a visit.
Written 25 December 2019
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TravelcrazyAntwerp
Schoten, Belgium1,210 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2019
Old Aker Church dates from around 1100 AD., and was visited by pilgrims in medieval times.
The church is situated on top of Aker hill, at the end of Telthusbakken street, which is a charming 260 meter long cobblestoned street full of inhabited colourful wooden houses dating from the 18th and 19th century.

My husband and I walked up to Aker church from the Historical museum, visiting Damstredet street and the Var Frelsers Gravlund graveyard where the painter Edvard Munch is buried underway.
It is a peaceful, charming and quiet neighbourhood, ideal for a stroll.

You can also take bus 54 from Wessels Plass (downtown) to stop Telthusbakken in Maridalsveien street, and walk uphill through Telthusbakken street to Aker church

From the top of the Telthusbakken street it's only a 50 meter walk to the charming Old Aker Church, which wasn't open at the time of our visit.

We can really recommend a walk in this quiet and charming neighbourhood.
Written 29 August 2019
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niksk001
Philadelphia, PA773 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2019
Old Aker Church is the oldest church in Oslo, dated back to the XI or XII century. It is a very nice building to see and enjoy, especially without being rushed. The church creates a very special environment, when even not very religious people can relax and feel at peace. If in Oslo, we suggest to at least to walk around.
Written 16 August 2019
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Akshay Sharma
New Delhi, India11,101 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2019 • Couples
This is one of the oldest building and a functional church in Oslo. It is situated in the main central area and is worth a visit.
Written 22 June 2019
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Ed C
Arlington, VA802 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2019 • Couples
Our hotel recommended visiting Old Aker Church as part of an after dinner walk. Since it was almost 9pm the church building was closed, but the grounds and cemetery were open. There were no other visitors around. We explored the grounds until the Sun set and then headed back to the hotel
Written 20 June 2019
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julia m
long island, new york160 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2019 • Couples
Gamle Aker kirke is not only the oldest standing building in Oslo (circa 1150 AD) but also is still a functioning church. And, unlike other historic churches in Norway, it doesn’t demand an expensive ticket to enter. The doors are open for anyone who wants to (quietly) view its austere but quite beautiful interior. We were lucky to chance upon an organ concert when we visited. The grounds are lovely as well, and that along with the adjacent cemetery would make for a peaceful, contemplative walk in the spring or summer.
Written 18 March 2019
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karthik l
Stockholm, Sweden19 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2018
So we could not enter this 1000 year old church as there was a wedding rehearsal going on when we reached, but the premises of the church is beautiful. The cemetery is beautiful and its just peaceful to walk around and soak in the feeling of tranquility. Just down the road from the church are the streets of Damstredet and Telthusbakken, where you can be transported to the 17th century countryside surrounded by the beautiful traditional wooden houses.
Written 3 October 2018
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Nicolas B
Gatineau, Canada49 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2017 • Solo
The oldest building in Oslo, but if you’re like me, it’s the cemetery that will fascinate you: one of the prettiest cemeteries I have ever visited.
Written 27 October 2017
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chloe_Canada
Ottawa, Canada33 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2017 • Solo
located in a residential area, the walk to the church is pretty nice, you can get lost in little paths around the community gardens. close by there is also the oldest street in Oslo, Damstredet.
Written 10 October 2017
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