Sola Ruin church
Sola ruin church is an important Norwegian heritage site worth a visit. This stone church was built in the early twelfth century and in use right up to 1842. The church was thereafter an open ruin until 1871 when the artist Johan J. Bennetter bought it and converted it into living accommodation and a painting studio. In the years between 1907 and 1940 the church stood once again in ruins and during the Second World War the occupying German forces tore down much of the remaining stone walls. In the 1980s the large arches were reconstructed and the church ruins were fully restored to their current state between 1992 and 1995.
Due to this dramatic history, the church reflects a unique mix of building styles spanning 900 years. For more information about Sola ruin church , please contact the front desk.