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Utstein is a wonderful place to visit. Here you can experience hiking, medieval history, World War II, maritime outdoor activities, lighthouses and everything else Rogaland has to offer.

Utstein Monastery is Norway's only preserved medieval monastery located in spectacular surroundings in a protected cultural landscape only 1.3 kilometers from Utstein Kloster Hotell. The site of Utstein Monastery is mentioned in historical records dating back to the Eleventh Century, when it was mentioned as having been a farm belonging to King Harald Fairhair after the Battle of Hafrsfjord in 872.

Construction of the monastery started in about 1260, although some parts may be older and may date from the earlier royal farm on the site. The church is unique in Norway, with its tower situated centrally between chancel and nave.