How do the Norwegians manage to construct wooden buildings that last over 800 years? It's simply amazing!
This stave church was built around 1180 by traveling tradesmen. The majority of this type of church were built between 1130 and 1350, when the Black Death brought an end to new building. Similar churches were built elsewhere in Europe, but only the Norwegian ones have survived. Only 28 survive of the original 1,000 built, and Borgund is the least altered.
There are dragon heads on the roof as well as crosses - a mix of Pagan and Christian? - a turret roof with bells, and the roof shingles are also made of wood - everything is made of wood!
We visited the church with Norwegian friends on our way to Storefjell (see a separate review), from an overnight stay in Flam, (also on a separate review). The scenery was fantastic! The church was very interesting and has a unique history. Go visit, and remember your camera!
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