Discover the great Norwegian Stave Churches

On this site you will find information about all the Stave Churches in Norway

Map of all the stave churches in Norway

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What are stave churches?

Stave churches are Norway's premier contribution to European historical architecture. Designs where the most important elements comprise wooden load-bearing posts called staves are characteristic of stave churches. Stave is simply an Old Norse word for post.



The earliest evidence shows that churches were being built and churchyards laid out in Norway as early as the 900s, and it is probably just a matter of time and research efforts before the picture can be filled in further.

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Visiting existing stave churches

Stave churches pop up around a bend or behind a hill when visitors take a side trip from the main motorways and feature sun-burned wood in nuanced colours ranging from amber to tar-brown. 

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