Die Kirche in Sauherad  

Wurdezum St. Laurentius geweiht an 8. aug.-das Jahr aber kennen wir nicht. Doch kann man aus dem Baustil schliessen dass die Kirche undefähr 1100 gebaut wurde und so früh war Christentum noch nicht im ganzen durchgesetzt im Norwegen. Mitten im Heidentum war diese Kirche ein Zeugnis für alles das was kommen sollte. Nicht nur das geistliche Leben, sondern auch das sosiale Leben wurde ganz verändert.

Dir Kirche in Sauherad ist gebaut in demselben Baustil wie 10 andere Steinkirchen in Telemark von derselben Zeit-mit ausserordentlich dicke Mauren wie es gewöhnlich ist in romanischen Gebäude.

Im Kirchenchor finden wir nachreformatorische Volkskunst am Kalkwald-wahrscheinlich vom Kirchenmaler Lauritz Pettersen 1706-08 gemalt.

Das Alterbild ist von 1663.

Die Empore wurde um 1830 gebaut mehrere Sitzplätze zu bekommen.

 

The church in Sauherad

Was dedicatet to St. Laurentius en the 8. August, we do not, however, know the exact year. But you can tell from the style it is built in, that the church dates back to the 10th century, and at that time, all parts on Norway were not christened yet. In those pagan times, this church was a testimony for things yet to come. Not only the spiritual, but also the social life would change totally. 

The church in Sauherad is built in the same style as ten other stone churches in Telemark, from the same era-with extraordinary thick walls, which was usual for Romanic buildings.

On the arch of the church you can see postreformation artwork on the plastered walls-probabely painted by the church panter Lauritz Pettersen in 1706-08.

The altar is from 1663.

The gallery was built about 1830 to bench more of church communion. 

 

Nes church

Nes church is situated en Nesodden. From the churchyard there is an exellent view over the Norsjø lake and the surrounding mounstains.

Nes church was built between 1100 and 1150 A.D. It is built in Roman style. The church har thick stone walls, and a clay and chalk mixure was used as a binding material when the church was built.

The porches of the church are very special. They show some admirable decorations from late paganion and early christianity. The chacel in Nes is acording to Norwegian experts : «The most beatiful intimate room still intact». The Middle Age frescopaintings have been restored. It has been called «Scandinavia`s sixtine Chapel». The Altar Piece and the Altar are from 1663. The Altar Piece shows various biblical scenes. On the Altar you can see two beatiful candlesticks from about 1500 A.D.

The pulpit is from the same time as the Altar Piece.

The Font is made in 1938.

The Tower of the church is from 1868.

The two bells are from the Middle Agee, but they are bouth recast.