Voss is a municipality in Hordaland county, Norway. It is part of the traditional district of Voss. The administrative center of the municipality is the village of Vossevangen. The Old Norse form of the name was Vors, and this might have been the old name of Vangsvatnet. If this is the case, the name probably is derived from the word vorr which means "wave" or "sea".
According to legend, the people of Voss were forcibly converted to Christianity by king Olav, who later became St. Olav. A stone cross situated in the town of Vossevangen is said to have been erected at this time. The town contains a stone church from 1277, with a 16th century excentric, octagonal steeple. Just outside the town is Finnesloftet, a 13th century wooden guildhall believed to be the oldest profane wooden building in Northern Europe.
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