The Heddal Stave Church in Norway


The Heddal stave church in Norway, is 25 meters long, 17 meters wide, and its 3 turrets are 29 meters tall. Built in the 13th century, reconstructed in 1849, then again in 1950. “An architectural masterpiece of the Middle Ages.”

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2 Responses to The Heddal Stave Church in Norway

  1. What wonderful buildings the stave churches are. I cycled from Stavanger to the Sogndalsfjord to a fruit picking job as a young thing in 1979 and visited a number of these fantastic buildings. No nails were ever used in their construction. There was still the smell of creosote or something similar. How very clever the early builders were. They’re sophisticated works of art and technology. And so beautiful!

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