A stave church is a wooden medieval Christian church. The prefix ‘stave‘ reflects how they were built by framing logs of timber called staver in Norwegian.
I knew nothing about these structures before coming to Norway, and even when I speak to Norwegians now, it is not as commonly known as I would have thought. What a truly special treat of history and culture to stumble onto. Happening to see two from the road while driving through, I was absolutely delighted to be able to sneak inside one and marvel at the architecture.
Here is a little cheat in the meantime for a closer view and a little list on the locations of the few remaining churches left in Norway so you can find the closest one to you when you’re traveling about Norway.