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Avaldsnes, Norway's oldest throne (NO)
Avaldsnes is called the Norway’s oldest throne because King Harald Fairhair made this place his royal residence after he had unified Norway ca 870 AD. Avaldsnes continued to be a royal residence for almost 500 years.
The Viking Farm was originally built as an experimental archaeological research programme to gain new knowledge about old building techniques. The Nordvegen History centre is also a centre for displaying recent research. We have undertaken several research programmes, both on land and in the sea. Together with the University in Oslo we are now doing a pre-project for research and of the royal manor from the Viking period that was found in 2006. The excavations will start in 2009.
There are three main attractions at Avaldsnes: The reconstructed Viking Farm, Nordvegen History Centre and the Middle Age . There are also cultural paths through the historic .
The Viking farm was built as an experimental archaeological research programme to gain new knowledge about old building techniques. It is located on a small, -covered island a stone’s throw away from the Nordvegen History Centre. It depicts how ordinary Viking farmers lived 1000 years ago. At the farm you can see a longhouse, six smaller buildings and a house for a Viking warship.
The Viking farm is open to tourists during the summer and in the wintertime it is open in the evenings and weekends for guided tours and special events. In the daytime, the Viking farm serves as a historical school camp for children.
Every year in June there is a Viking festival at the Viking Farm
In Nordvegen History centre you will hear about princes and kings that ruled Nordvegen from Avaldsnes. Some of these rulers we know from the Sagas of the Norwegian Kings, heroic legends or skaldic poems, whereas others have become known to us through archaeological digs. Harald Fairhair is the most famous of these kings, and he will be your guide trough the exhibitions.
St Olav’s church was built by king Haakon Haakonson ca 1250 AD as part of the royal manor complex. King Haakon consecrated the church to St Olav, and the church became an important church for pilgrims. Outside the church you can see Virgin Mary’s sewing needle that leans towards the church wall. The legend claims that Doomsday will come when the top of this standing touches the church.
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