"St. Clements Church-Gamlebyen" Oslo Things to Do Tip by bpwillet

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  St. Clements Church ruins-Gamlebyen
by bpwillet

A stone church erected in about 1100 and used up until the Reformation. These ruins are what is left of a stone church built in about 1100. It is believed that two wooden churches preceded the stone church on this site. St. Clement?s was the Parish church for the southern part of the city. The church had a double nave with a row of columns in the middle. It was one of just two double-naved churches in Norway, the other being St. Edmund?s on Hoved°ya Island. One of Norway?s oldest cemeteries is preserved under and around the church ruins. The cemetery was surrounded by a stone wall in the Middle Ages, and parts of the wall have been reconstructed. The oldest graves in the cemetery date back to 980-1030AD. Their alignment is a bit strange as it is notin a true east-west direction, as Christian graves usually are. The oldest graves were probably placed parallel to the original wooden church, which was positioned in relation to the buildings that already existed when it was built.

Address: Saxegaardsgate
Phone: +47 22 19 44 68

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  • Written Jul 3, 2005
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