Church Explorers – Saint Olave’s Church

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Church Explorers – Saint Olave’s Church
July 15, 2017 10:00 am
July 15, 2017 4:00 pm
St Olave's Church
01904 623559
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Marygate, York, YO30 7BZ, United Kingdom
Church Explorers
June 9, 2017
st olave church , york

Why is a church in the centre of York dedicated to the patron saint of Norway?

St Olave’s is a reminder of the Viking past of York, founded in the early 11th century when the city was still the Anglo-Scandinavian city of Jorvik. The mention of the church in 1055 in the Anglo-Saxon chronicle marks it as the first church definitely dedicated to St Olaf, predating any in Scandinavia. The church community retains strong links with communities across the North Sea.

The church stands within sight of the ruins of the Abbey of Saint Mary and would have been part of the abbey complex before the monastery was dissolved in 1539. The church was substantially renovated and rebuilt in the 15th century, and St Olave’s star attraction dates from this period. The east window is a wonderful piece of medieval stained glass, and features a representation of St Olaf.

Saint Olave – His Life and Legacy

This event will include guided tours around the church, exploring the church from its first foundation to the present day. The day will include children’s activities including crown and shield decorating, bookmark making and a quiz and trail sheet, as well as medieval crafts and gifts. Visitors will be able to enjoy a cream tea to the sounds of medieval musicians, and learn more about the church and its namesake.

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