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Rural Churches [3]

Churches are among my favourite subjects for photography, for several reasons. Architecture is one thing, history another. Besides, many of them are very photogenic!

Most wooden churches in Norway are painted white, there are some exceptions however… And I will show you a few in this series.

The stave churches for instance… For obvious reasons they were not painted, paint was not invented in 12th century when this construction method was developed. Instead they were given a coat of tar to protect against the weather…

Let me admit right away, the church in the picture is a replica… The original, built from timber logged in 1170 according to dating, was moved to a museum many years ago. The location and architectural details are exact the same for the replica, which was blessed as a church by bishop Vagle on June 25, 2005.

This church is located in Haltdalen, a small village 110 km southeast of Trondheim in Central Norway.

Name in Norwegian: Haltdalen stavkirke.

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