Far east on Kvitsøy you will find a hiking trail that takes you out to the stone cross and the ruin of St. Clemens Church. The hiking trail starts in the heart of Leiasundet and continues over a fence stile and into a pasture. On the hiking trail you walk with the sheep, so remember that you're walking in their food.

St. Clemens Church Ruin It was common practice to erect crosses where one was to build a church. As St. Clemens church ruin is only 200 meters from the stone cross, it is natural to see the stone cross and the church ruins in that context. The church was dedicated to the patron of sailors, St. Clemens, and is considered the first sailors' church in Norway. St. Clemens Church is mentioned in a papal letter to Munkeliv monastery in Bergen in 1146, where Kvitsøy at that time went under the name Aumar. But it is believed that the church was built somewhat before this. The church was built of stone and was a fairly small church. The ruins of St. Clemens Church are less visible today. The baptismal font that stands in Kvitsøy church is the original baptismal font from St. Clemens Church and is a well-preserved cultural monument which together with the stone cross and St. Clemens church ruin represents the early Christian era in Norway.

The stone cross The stone cross by Leiasundet rises almost 4 m above the ground, and is Kvitsøy's most famous ancient monument. The cross is easily visible from the shipping lane and has throughout the ages been an important sailing mark and had the function of a harbor cross. No one knows for sure when the cross was erected, but it is probably at least 1000 years old. English missionaries may have erected the cross as early as the 10th century. Snorre tells in the Snorri saga that Erling Skjalgsson and Olav Haraldsson made a litigation on Kvitsøy in 1016. Most likely this litigation was achieved next to the stone cross.

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