Sneak a look at the viking churches decorated with animals!

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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.

Flickr. Andreina Schoeberiein
Flickr. Andreina Schoeberiein
Inside detail. Flickr, Andreina Schoeberiein
Inside detail. Flickr, Andreina Schoeberiein
Dragons. Flickr, Bob Witlox.
Dragons. Flickr, Bob Witlox.

 

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.