Nore Stave Church, Norway by EuropeTrotter

Nore Stave Church was built approximately 1167, as a choir church. It had balconies, choir and cross arms and apse. This was very rare at this time, and we do not know of other churches in Norway or Europe that could have been a model for the structure.
The church was partly rebuilt in the 1600- and 1700s. There are remains of beautiful decorative painting dated from 1655 and 1683.

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Nore Stave Church, Norway by EuropeTrotter

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Nore Stave Church is located in Nore og Uvdal kommune in Buskerud. Nore Stave Church is a Numedal kind of stave church. Nore Stave Church was built approximately 1167, as a choir church. It had balconies, choir and cross arms and apse. This was very rare at this time, and we do not know of other churches in Norway or Europe that could have been a model for the structure.
The church was partly rebuilt in the 1600- and 1700s. There are remains of beautiful decorative painting dated from 1655 and 1683.
In the same way as in Uvdal stave wood carvings in Nore is very artfully done with tendril and animal wood carvings. Animal characters are dragons and lions, and portals are related to similar portals in Telemark.
In the stave church there is also two inscriptions, one of them is a prayer: “Treat me you all the best.” The two crucifixes can be from the middle Ages, and during the excavation revealed a piece of painting that seems to originate from the late middle Ages.
The church seems to have been richly endowed with art objects. The Christian symbols probably spoke more directly to the medieval population than they do to people of today. Art objects and decoration of the stave churches in Nore og Uvdal confirms the impression we have from other stave churches, that it was the first half of the Middle Ages which was the most creative period.

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Urnes Stave Church, Norway by EuropeTrotter

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Urnes Stave Church in Luster, beside the Sognefjord, is the only stave church in the world to be included on UNESCO’s World Heritage List.
A stave church has been built three times on the same site here at Orneset. A hundred years would pass between the first and the third, the one we can visit today, which was built in 1150. It was once a private church for a powerful high-born family. Its builders were aware of international trends in architecture, and transferred these trends from stone to wood.
The timber was felled in the years 1129-1130. On the long northern wall, original decorated sections from the demolished church have been used: the portal, wall planks and a corner post. The decorated gables from the same church are now covered to prevent wear and tear.

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Welcome to Borgund Stave Church, Norway by EuropeTrotter

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Borgund Stave Church is a stave church located in the village of Borgund in the municipality of Lærdal in Sogn og Fjordane county. It is classified as a triple nave stave church of the so-called Sogn-type. This is also the best preserved of Norway’s 28 extant stave churches.
Borgund Stave Church was built sometime between 1180 and 1250 AD with later additions and restorations. Its walls are formed by vertical wooden boards, or staves, hence the name “stave church”.

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