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“Very unique” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Washington Island Stavkirke

Washington Island Stavkirke
1763 Townline Road, Washington Island, WI 54246
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Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
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“Very unique”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 7, 2014 via mobile

This old church is very unique. All wood, and carvings. Nice photo opportunities in a unique setting

Visited June 2014
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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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26 reviews 26 reviews
16 attraction reviews
Reviews in 10 cities Reviews in 10 cities
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
“Must do on Washington Island”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2014

Whether you want a quick stop for a photo or to spend some time wandering the grounds, stopping at the Stavkirke should be on your Washington Island to do list. Depending on the time of year, it may not be easy to see from the road. As long as you stop at Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church, you'll be able to find it.

Visited May 2014
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Streator, Illinois
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55 helpful votes 55 helpful votes
“Stunning beauty”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2014

This is a definite must-see when on/in Washington Island. The grounds are gorgeous, the church is beautiful. There is a serene quality about the place. It is so seemingly out of place that it fits right in like it's been there since the beginning of time. It is definitely worth the time to wander around.

Visited July 2013
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Kokomo, Indiana
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“Tranquility on Earth”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 19, 2013

The Washington Island Stavkirke (or Stave Church) is an absolutely spiritual and breathtaking experience that anybody who visits Washington Island needs to take the time to see. For those who don't know a Stave Church is a traditional Nordic styled church, rarely found in America. This stave church is a reproduction of one in Norway I believe, it is a tall and imposing all wood building with very unique wood carvings and designs.

When I first visited this past Summer, I was completely shocked that something like this was on Washington Island. It is set out in a very peaceful forest, a "prayer trail" leads up to it. Once you get to the site it is almost deafly silent, all you hear is the whistling of the wind and the occasional chirping of the birds. The day I went there was one woman also there, she told me she visits the island once a year and whenever she comes, she visits this site and meditates. I can see why! It is peaceful, surrounded by nature, and architecturally unique...it is a very special feeling that is hard to explain.

Whether you are Christian or not, this church is a unique gem and deserves a visit. To get to the Stave Church, head East down Townline Road from Main Road. On the right side of the road is a large Stone Church (this is not the Stave Church), I parked at this church...and across the street is the trail that leads to the Stave Church. There should be signs guiding the way. I have pictures of this church somewhere, that I will try to add if I can find them.

Visited May 2013
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