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Kaupanger Stavkirke
Kaupanger - Norway

Kaupanger Stavkirke (Stave Church) is the largest stave church in the Sogn region. The nave is supported by 22 staves, 8 on each of the longer sides
and 3 on each of the shorter. The elevated chancel is carried by 4 free standing staves. The church has the largest number of staves to be found in
any one stave church.

Kaupanger Stave Church was built in 1190, and is situated on the ruines of what might be two previous post churches. Kaupanger was a market town
that king Sverre burned down in 1184 to punish the local inhabitants for disobeying him. The stave church standing on this site probably burned down
in this fire.Several restoration projects have taken place both inside the church and on the exterior, but in spite of these changes, the medieval
construction has been preserved. The pulpit, altarpiece and font are all from the 17th century.





 

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System_Halted said:
You have such nice churches in Norway. I wasn't aware of that. Are they classic Norway architecture of churches?
Well, stave churches is the oldest classic architecture which we know of today. We think they started to built them in the 9th century, as temples. In the 11th century the christianity came, so the stave churches became the first christian churches, and is one of the oldest churches in Norway exept a few cathedrals as Nidarosdomen which was built in 1070 and is the largest cathedral in Norway.

The stave churches was the classic churches built in the medieval, from about 800 to 1537. About 1000 churches was built in Norway, but also a few in Sweden and Denmark. But after the reformation they developed a new way of architecture and to built protestant churches, so they started toring the stave churches down. But most of them died because of age and because people stopped using them after 1537.

Today we have only 29 stave churches left in the world, and all of them is in Norway exept 1 which is in Sweden and 1 in poland. But there are some stave churches in USA which is copied models of real Norwegian stave churches, while the one in Poland is a stave church which was moved from Vang in Norway and to Poland in the 19th century. In Norway we have 27 old stave churches which was built before 1537. And we have two models of old churches built recently.
 
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