I just have a thing for old churches. I’m not sure why; I’m not particularly spiritual. There’s something about the architecture, old stonework, hushed sense of calm, and the way they smell that I’ve always loved.
Poised above the final resting place of Norway’s most noted (check the Vår Frelsers Gravlund article), Gamle Aker Kirke is the mother of old churches. The name literally means Old Aker Church, and it’s the oldest building in Oslo and one of the oldest in all of eastern Norway. It’s thought to have been finished around 1160 and has undergone a couple of major renovations in the centuries since. A lot of its history has sadly been lost due to lightning strikes, fires, robberies and the reformation, but there are some relics dating as far back as the 1600s. It’s still a working church, under the Lutheran Church of Norway faith.
Oh, and Gamle Aker Kirke is said to be built on four pillars of gold above an ancient silver mine, full of treasure guarded by a dragon.
Now tell me this is not the coolest old church ever.