Stave Church from Gol, Hallingdal, ca 1200

The old stave church at Gol was due for replacement by a new church around 1880. The Sociecty for the Preservation of Norwegian Ancient Monuments bought the old church and presented it to King Oscar II, who paid for its rebuilding on Bygdøy.

Only about 1/3 of the materials in the dismantled church, those considered to be from the Middle Ages, were sent from the site. It was therefore a highly recontstructed church that was rebuilt using Borgund Stave Church in Sogn as an example.