Local name: stavkirke

The name derives from the wooden structure, a frame consisting of poles (bars) and connecting wallboards. The most beautiful wooden stave church is in Lom. Which is still in use by the local Christian.

The wooden stave churches in Norway are an exceptional phenomenon. Stave churches arose during the period when Christianity was spread in Scandinavia.

Een staafkerk in Zuid-Noorwegen.
A wooden stave church in south Norway. Johan Berge

The churches are richly decorated with wood carvings that tell the traditions of the Vikings. In particular, look at the wooden doors and the endings of the churches. These are often very beautifully cut out.

In de staafkerk van Urnes kun je allerlei figuren zien, zoals herten.
The wooden stave church of Urnes is beautifully decorated. Andy Nelson

The stave church of Urnes lies on the east side of the Lusterfjord. It is on the UNESCO World Heritage List. This 12th century church is the oldest wooden church of the Christian faith. There are more churches of this kind along the fjord. This is proof that the area has been used by people for centuries.

The churches are only found in a small part of Norway. Roughly east of Bergen in the fjord area. Why you can only find them in this part of Scandinavia is not entirely clear. A stave church does not have bells so special bell towers were built.

De beroemde staafkerk van Urnes.
The famous stave church in Urnes. Leo-setä

An overview of the remaining stave churches:
Borgund stave church
Eidsborg stave church
Flesberg stave church
Garmo stave church
Gol stave church
Grip stave church
Haltdalen stave church
Heddal stave church
Hopperstad stave church
Kaupanger stave church, Sogndal
Kvernes stave church
Ringebu stave church
Rollag stave church
Rødven stave church
Røldal stave church
St. Olaf’s stave church
Torpo Ål stave church, Hallingdal
Undredal stave church
Urnes stave church
Uvdal stave church

Churches