Tanum, Norway


Tanum is a parish and district in the municipality of Bærum in Akershus, Norway. Its population (2007) is 2,751.[1]

Tanum, Norway
Tanum Church
DistrictGreater Oslo Region
Time zoneUTC+01:00 (CET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+02:00 (CEST)
Barnedåp i Tanum kirke (1892) Harriet Backer


Tanum in Bærum is situated on the fertile Tanum plateau which is located approximately 150 meters above sea level. The Tanum area has a rich soil, and is the site of a number of farms. This areas is also known for its archaeological findings of several large burial mounds dating from the Iron Age to the Viking era.[2]

The nameEdit

The parish is named after the old farm Tanum (Norse Túnheimr), since the first church was built there. The first element is tún 'country courtyard', the last element is heimr 'homestead, farm'.

Tanum ChurchEdit

Tanum Church (Tanum Kirke) was built between 1100 and 1130 in Romanesque architecture style. The building material was brick. The church was expanded in 1722. During the early 1900s, the church under went restoration and was renovated in 1973. The church is of long plan and has 250 number of seats. The Renaissance style altar piece was designed by Frederich Zebal in 1663. The pulpit and baptismal font were made by Svend Eriksen Svanneberg in 1723. The church is noted for its plaster art. It features murals from the 1300s. Medieval sculptures include a Madonna sculpture from approx. 1200 and a Romanesque crucifix from the second half of the 1100s.[3][4][5]


Notable residentsEdit

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ Population of districts in Bærum Archived 2009-03-26 at the Wayback Machine – Bærum municipality
  2. ^ Svein Askheim. "Tanum i Bærum". Store norske leksikon. Retrieved October 1, 2016.
  3. ^ "Tanum kirke, Bærum". Den Norske Kirke. Retrieved October 1, 2016.
  4. ^ Sigrid Marie Christie, Håkon Christie. "Tanum kirke". Norges Kirker. Retrieved October 1, 2016.
  5. ^ "Tanum kirke". Kunsthistorie. Retrieved October 1, 2017.

External linksEdit

  • Tanum kirke website

Coordinates: 59°53′1″N 10°30′13″E / 59.88361°N 10.50361°E / 59.88361; 10.50361