The beautiful stave church in Røldal was built around year 1250. During the middle ages the stave church was the most important meeting place for pilgrims, after the Nidaros Cathedral in Trondheim.
The medieval crucifix above the altarpiece was said to have healing powers, and well into the Protestant period sick people made pilgrimages to the church.
It was also one of the most important churches in Western Norway in the middle age. The church was decorated inside in the 16th century. The building material is timber from the valley.
Røldal stave church is the only stave church in Norway still in regular use. During the summertime the church is open for viewing for tourists.