Photographer's Note

Sola Ruinkirke (Sola Ruinchurch)
This photo is of one of the oldest buildings in Sola kommune.
I'm sorry that I can't come with any good historical note at this time, my workingtimes this week doesn't permit me this in daylight.
Anyway, here goes:

Sola Ruinkirke was built around 1100AD in what we today know as Sola kommune. At that time the region was counted as one of the riches communities in Viking Norway.
In Norwegian history, Sola is counted as an important historic site. What is counted as THE battle to form the kingdom of Norway was fought in a fjord not far from this church.
The church has stood since its building 900 years ago, and was in some sort of use up until 1905 when it was converted to an artist home.
The church had this ude until 1931 when it was abandoned.
In 1940, during WW2, the germans were afraid that this church might be used as a landmark for british bombers. As the church was situated just by what was then the only "proper" airport in Norway, they decided to tear it down.
This might have been the end of the church, but due to some thought for future generations, all the stones in the church structure was numbered.
After the war the church laid as a ruin up until 1991 when it eventually was rebuilt.
Over the years it is natural that some stones where stolen, and that is why you can see some glass tiles in the structure that stands today.

I will post better information later.

Photo is a scanned image, it has been run through photoshop, had auto levels applied to enhance colours.


Odd Jarle

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