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Posted on 07/27/2014


Photo taken on July 26, 2014



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Høyjord stavkirke - Backside

Høyjord stavkirke - Backside
The church has just undergone a major restoration, having been re-painted with tar and an all new roof (shingles and copper work) costing 10 million Kroner. A notice by the gate says that the outside will not be fully dry until November, although they had not counted on it being so hot for so long ;-)
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This is the only stave church remaining in Vestfold and built in two phases. The first part was built around 1150, in the Roman style, with the second phase following approximately 100 years later and built in the Gothic style.
It is is one of only three preserved stave churches having a stave or pillar in the middle of the church.

The church has 12 different staves symbolising the apostles, in addition to the one in the middle, which symbolises Christ, all of which serve to support the building. Each stave is unique among the others. Along the walls one can see 8-10 crosses which were dedicated at the time the church was first used.

Originally, the church had an earthen floor, with benches along the walls where old and weak people might sit. Others had to remain standing during the mass.
The altar dates from around 1630.

The church was restored in 1948. Under the floor, 5 well preserved skeletons were found without coffins and just a thin layer of dirt over them. A man, two women and two children. They were left in place. It is believed they were victims of the Black death around 1349.

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Trudy Tuinstra
Trudy Tuinstra
very nice story, excellent picture.
3 years ago.
Jaap van 't Veen
Jaap van 't Veen
Beautiful church and picture.
Interesting info too.
3 years ago.
Bram van Broekhoven
Bram van Broekhoven
Beautiful church, stunning photo

Admired in: Wooden Architecture
3 years ago.
Lancelo657
Lancelo657
I like ! Thanks !
2 years ago.