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Norway's black-gold treasure chest

There’s way more to Stavanger than a hunt for black gold, although the oil capital of Norway is not as popular of a destination as Oslo and Bergen. The city still retains some of its sleepy, provincial charm, but it’s now modern and cosmopolitan, and chock-full of nostalgic attractions and worthwhile treasures. Gamle Stavanger, with its winding streets and wooden houses, is still the main tourist draw. The fjords and scenic nature, however, are second-to-none, and there’s enough entertainment for the whole family to enjoy.

Utstein MonasteryFrode Inge Helland / CC BY-SA 3.0
Utstein klosterFrode Inge Helland / CC BY-SA 3.0
Utstein kloster: inside the churchFrode Inge Helland / CC BY-SA 3.0

Utstein Monastery

Utstein Monastery

Famous Medieval monastery in Mosterøy

Medieval monastery in Mosterøy Editors' Note

Utstein Monastery (Utstein kloster) is a medieval religious complex north of Stavanger in Rogaland. It is the only well preserved Medieval structure of its kind in Norway, with both the church and the lower floors of the East and South wings still standing and in use.

The buildings of Utstein Monastery were initially designed as a royal residence, however in 1265 they were used by the Augustinian order as a monastery. In 1537 the royal family took back the property. Since 1935, the monastery is in public use.

Utstein Monastery
59° 06' 12.1" N, 5° 35' 26.6" E, 4156 Mosterøy Stavanger
51 72 47 05