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Stave Churches in Norway (UNESCO HERITAGE)

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Heddal stave church near Notodden in Norway

Heddal stave church near Notodden is the largest of the 28 remaining stave churches in Norway. It was probably built in the 13th century; dendrochronology (tree-ring dating) has not been able to give us a firm answer.

Photo: Per-Erik Skramstad / Wonders of Sicily

 

 

Hedalen stave church, Norway

Hedalen stave church (not to be confused with Heddal). Dendrochronological analysis tells us that the wood was cut between 1161 and 1163, so it is likely the the church was built around 1165. It was deserted for centuries after the plague that came to Norway in 1349.

Photo: Per-Erik Skramstad / Wonders of Sicily

 

 

Dragonhead ornaments on Borgund stave church in Norway

The very symbol of Norway: the dragonhead ornaments on Borgund stave church. Built around 1180. Tree-ring dating (dendrochronology) has dated one of the staves to 1180-81.

Photo: Per-Erik Skramstad / Wonders of Sicily

 

 

 

Rollag stave church in Norway

Rollag stave church (probably mid 13th century).

Photo: Per-Erik Skramstad / Wonders of Sicily

 

 

Hedalen Stave Church in Norway

Medieval iron ornaments on the door, Hedalen Stave Church.

Photo: Per-Erik Skramstad / Wonders of Sicily

 

 

Heddal stave church in Norway

Heddal stave church. Photo taken with a fish eye lens.

Photo: Per-Erik Skramstad / Wonders of Sicily

 

 

Madonna in Hedalen Stave Church,  Norway

The famous Madonna in Hedalen Stave Church (1230-40).

Photo: Per-Erik Skramstad / Wonders of Sicily

 

 

crucifix in Nore Stave Church, Norway

Medieval crucifix in Nore Stave Church, Norway.

Photo: Per-Erik Skramstad / Wonders of Sicily

 

 

Tar. Stave church in Norway

Exterior: "Boiling" tar. Hedalen Stave Church.

Photo: Per-Erik Skramstad / Wonders of Sicily

 

 

Stave church in Norway

Exterior: Dry wood. Hedalen Stave Church.

Photo: Per-Erik Skramstad / Wonders of Sicily

 

 

Portal. Hedalen Stave Church, Norway

Detail of the portal. Hedalen Stave Church.

Photo: Per-Erik Skramstad / Wonders of Sicily

 

 

Borgund stave church, Norway

Borgund stave church (c. 1180).

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