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The Abbot's House

Medieval Building from 2013

07. Feb 2017 - 28. Feb 2020

In 1965, Utstein Monastery reopened to the public after extensive restauration. The foundation walls to the west of the structure, however, remained a ruin. The background for this part of the complex is uncertain, but it is reckoned that it could have been the abbot’s house. If so, it would have functioned as extra accommodation for the monastery, so that guests, pilgrims and others could be welcomed yet avoid disturbing the inner life of the monastery.

A unique project

Norway’s Directorate for Cultural Heritage (Riksantikvaren) gave permission to build on top of the ruin. The building has been given a medieval form, and strict guidelines have been followed in designing details and choosing materials. This project is extremely specialised and unparalleled in Norway, and the firm of architects Helge Schjelderup AS has had responsibility for planning the project. The Abbot’s House officially opened to the public on 21 June 2013.

Generous benefactors

The total cost of the building is 21 million NOK. This sum has in large measure been donated by SpareBank1 SR-Bank, the Ministry of Culture, Rogaland County and Rennesøy Municipality.