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Stave Church of Norway "Stavkirke"  or ancient wooden churches of Norway. The ancient pine of Norway so resilient that some have lasted for 5 to 6 centuries.

Stave Church of Norway "Stavkirke" or ancient wooden churches of Norway. The ancient pine of Norway so resilient that some have lasted for 5 to 6 centuries.

Borgund Stave Church Structure: 1-Spire sitting atop the 3-tired roof. 2-Central tower decorated with dragon heads. 3-Simple, circular windows let in light. 4-The alterpiece was added in 1654. 5-Crosses of St. Andrew border the central nave in the shape of X. 6-External gallery. 7-Entrance. 8-West door. 9-The gables above apse towers and doorways are decorated with crosses. 10-Twelve staves in the central part of the nave to support the roof. 11-Main roof covered in pine shingles.

Borgund And Stave Churches, Norway

Borgund Stave Church Structure: 1-Spire sitting atop the 3-tired roof. 2-Central tower decorated with dragon heads. 3-Simple, circular windows let in light. 4-The alterpiece was added in 1654. 5-Crosses of St. Andrew border the central nave in the shape of X. 6-External gallery. 7-Entrance. 8-West door. 9-The gables above apse towers and doorways are decorated with crosses. 10-Twelve staves in the central part of the nave to support the roof. 11-Main roof covered in pine shingles.

This Norwegian church just looks like the sort of chapel Santa might have up at the North Pole.

This Norwegian church just looks like the sort of chapel Santa might have up at the North Pole.

Hopperstad Stave Church (1130) in Vik, Sogn, Norway

Hopperstad Stave Church (1130) in Vik, Sogn, Norway

Borgund Stavkirke, Norway, by Kurt Muetterties | angioman1: Built sometime 1180-1250 CE (12thcentury). Its walls are vertical wooden boards, or staves, hence the name "stave church" (stavkirke). Several runic inscriptions are found on the walls of the church. One reads: "Tor wrote these runes in the evening at the St. Olav's Mass", and another reads "Ave Maria". These can be found at the west portal of the church. [Please keep photo credit and original link if repinning. Thanks!]

Borgund Stavkirke, Norway, by Kurt Muetterties | angioman1: Built sometime 1180-1250 CE (12thcentury). Its walls are vertical wooden boards, or staves, hence the name "stave church" (stavkirke). Several runic inscriptions are found on the walls of the church. One reads: "Tor wrote these runes in the evening at the St. Olav's Mass", and another reads "Ave Maria". These can be found at the west portal of the church. [Please keep photo credit and original link if repinning. Thanks!]

Stave church, Lom, Oppland, East Norway: A stave church is a medieval wooden church with a post and beam construction; the load-bearing posts ("stafr" in Old Norse) have lent their name to the building technique.

Stave church, Lom, Oppland, East Norway: A stave church is a medieval wooden church with a post and beam construction; the load-bearing posts ("stafr" in Old Norse) have lent their name to the building technique.

Borgund Stave Church in Norway - these Stave Churches were amazing!

Borgund Stave Church in Norway - these Stave Churches were amazing!

West Door, Borgund Stave Church, Norway. Dated roughly 1150 AD.

West Door, Borgund Stave Church, Norway. Dated roughly 1150 AD.

Gol stave church, Norway - though at first glance I thought it was Japanese.

Gol stave church, Norway - though at first glance I thought it was Japanese.

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