Those Places Thursday: Saxhaug/Sakshaug Church in Inderøy, Norway

I am really keeping my fingers crossed for orders to Germany when we move from this duty station next summer.  I already have a list of places I want to visit in Europe and it seems to be growing daily.  Can you blame me??  I’ve only been to Europe once (specifically to Germany, Denmark, Switzerland, and Austria) and I was 15 at the time and with my German class.  I wasn’t exactly free to roam about the continent as I wished.

One of the places I really want to go is Norway – specifically to the Inderøy region where my ancestors lived, and the neighboring city of Trondheim.

There are two churches that I really want to see – the Old and New Sakshaug Churches.

The Sakshaug “Old” Church dates back to around 1150.  That is a seriously old building!!

It was decommissioned in 1871, when the new church was built. After sitting for many years with no roof, it was renovated from 1910-1958.  Many of my ancestors were christened in this church.

{Both of the following pictures and the above info were found on Wikipedia}.

And this is the new church, which was built in 1871.  My great-grandmother was born in the area in 1881, so it is most likely that she went to this church before they emigrated.

_I wonder if any of my ancestors are buried around one of these churches.

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