Local name: stavkirke

The name derives from the wooden structure, a frame consisting of timber beams and connecting wallboards. The most beautiful wooden stave church is in Lom. It is still in use by the local Christian.

The wooden stave churches in Norway are exceptional buildings. Stave churches were built during the period when Christianity spread through Scandinavia.

The wooden stave church of Heddal in Southerh Norway. Johan Berge

The churches are richly decorated with wood carvings that depict Viking traditions. In particular, look at the timber doors and the finials of the churches. These are often very beautifully carved.

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 is located to the east 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 stave churches along the fjord. It means that the area has been used by people for centuries.

The churches can only be 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 nearby.

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

More information: visitnorway.com/stave-churches/

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