Moster Gamle Kyrkje - Finn Bakke

The church at Moster is one of Norway’s oldest stone Churches. Built as the mother church of Hordaland in the early days of the conversion, it was one of the few churches in our region. Construction probably started in the early 12th century.


The historian Snorri Sturluson wrote the Saga of Olav Tryggvason, who played a vital role in converting the country to Christianity. According to the saga, 995 was when Olav arrived in Moster from England to claim the throne. Here he celebrated mass and had a church built.

Moster Church is one of the simplest churches in Norway, with a square choir and a rectangular nave. The soapstone base is the only external ornamentation. The interior decoration was added around 1620, after the Reformation, and this old Lutheran interior is exceptionally well preserved.