Norway’s Stave Churches

Stave churches are a type of medieval wooden place of worship that were once common across Europe. Today however, Norway is the only country where more than a single example of a stave church has survived into the 21st century1. With a wide variety of styles, from large and ornate to small and plain, Google Street View allows us to take a tour of these ancient buildings. We begin with the oldest surviving example – Urnes Stave Church. Dating to around 1130, this church sits on a hill above the scenic inner arm of the Sognefjord. The Street…

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