This is the first post in a series in a new category we will call “Stave Churches”. As this is the first post I will explain a bit what makes a Stave Church stand out compared to more normal log constructed churches. The word “stav” (stave/post in English) comes from the Old Norse “stafr”, and are given to the load bearing posts in the corners of the building. For bigger churches, they needed more posts to hold the load.
These buildings are mostly known from Scandinavia, and Norway where they estimate between 1000 and 2000 stave churches was built. Most of the surviving 28 stave churches in Norway where built between 1150 and 1350.
If you want to know more about such churches, visit The Stave Church Portal.
The first one is Lom Stavkirke at Lom on the intersection between Otta, Strynefjellet and Sognefjellet on road number 15.
On the photo above we see that they have added a section to the church using log construction.
Photos were taken this August.
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