Professor A. W. Brøgger says:" Among the strangest memories of the past in Valdres there is nothing nothing that can compare with the peculiarity and importance of the picturesque stone which for more than 900 years has stood by Vang church. "
Brøgger refers to Professor Haakon Schetelig, who so expands on what makes Vangsteinen so special: "Not by its age, not its inscription. What above all makes Vangsteinen so remarkable is the magnificent composition of sinuous ornaments that are engraved on its front side. The style of Vangsteinen is a superb expression of the style direction that one finds in Nordic works from the early part of the 1000's, both in Norway, Denmark, Sweden and England, where Nordic men frequented at the time. Details in style, where exactly the Vangstein shows several important, says that it has taken motifs from the East, from art of the Orient. They works we have left in Norway of this style of art, are not many, and it is only Vangsteinen that is not in a museum ".
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"The Book of Durrow " kept in Trinity College Dublin, has pages with figures that are similar to the figure with tracery central on the stone in Vang. The book was written by Irish monks in the 7-800s, and tells of the four evangelists in Christianity. Dublin was founded by the Vikings, and the symbolism of the stone in Vang shows how cultural impressions from outside have come by sea to Norway and influenced the Christian art here.
We are nowadays talking about how the world has become so global. However, the Vang stone shows clearly that the Vikings were a traveling people who brought impulses back to Norway.
Getting there: Vang stone stands in the center of Vang at the entrance to the church. E16 runs right past.