"the construction of stave - churches" Norway Things to Do Tip by globetrott

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Stave-churches are built similar to ships upside down and here in Borgund stabkirche / stavechurch you will also see the dragons that were built at all ends of the church-tops, similar to the dragons at the bow and the end of a viking-ship.
Giant wooden columns (stave is the norwegian word for mast or column) are holding the whole construction of the church and all of that wooden construction is done vertically, not horizontally like in blockhouses for instance. In medieval times there were around 750 stave-churches in Norway, nowadays there are only 30 of them left.
Most of the stave - churches will also have a seperate, narrow arcade running around the inner church, it was a place to stand for all those people, who did not find an empty space inside the church and it was cartainly also ment as a way to keep the inner church a bit warmer in the cold norwegian winters.

Website: http://www.stavchurches.com

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  • Written Sep 13, 2011
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