Borgund stavkyrkje

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    Borgund stave church. Lærdal, Norway.
    The all wood church was built sometime between 1180 and 1250 CE with later additions and restorations. Its walls are formed by vertical wooden boards, or staves, hence the name stave church. The 4 corner posts were connected to one another by ground sills, resting atop a stone foundation. The rest of the staves then rise from the ground sills, each stave notched and grooved along the sides so that they lock into one another, forming a sturdy wall.
    Used as congregation church until 1868 when a new church was built.

    UPDATE:
    A slightly different (less processed) version of this photo is featured on page 388 of
    A Global History of Architecture, 2nd Edition, in the medieval Scandinavia section.
    Wiley Books politely asked for permission, and they sent me a copy of the book as soon as it was printed. It's a very thorough and nice book, and I am happy to contribute.

    Steve-h, Maureclaire, and 47 other people added this photo to their favorites.

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    1. *Corrie* 49 months ago | reply

      Such character in that little church. The wood architecture is amazing. Too bad it's not used anymore.

    2. <Autumnn> Catching up!! 49 months ago | reply

      Wow, such a unique architecture, the details are amazing!
      Tks for sharing jensvins.

    3. Kanichat 49 months ago | reply

      I visit this church long time ago, what a pleasure to see this beautiful picture.
      Congrats on Explore!

    4. blaubluebleu 49 months ago | reply

      Very interesting and beautiful architecture !

    5. Janet 59 49 months ago | reply

      I love those old stave churches.
      Seen in Explore

    6. terri-t 49 months ago | reply

      Wow that's fascinating architecture, very beautiful!!

    7. beebebear [deleted] 49 months ago | reply

      cool place!!

    8. Lú_ 49 months ago | reply

      Hi, I'm an admin for a group called Architecture, and we'd love to have this added to the group!

    9. rebel♬butterfly 49 months ago | reply

      it's such a wonderful picture and place! well-done!

    10. amrutahd 49 months ago | reply

      Beautiful shot !!!

    11. kk7k 49 months ago | reply

      Hi, I'm an admin for a group called MY FLICKR FAV's (Invite a Friends Photo), and we'd love to have this added to the group!

    12. _Zinni_ 49 months ago | reply

      A great building and a wonderful shot!

    13. Ursula Skjonnemand 48 months ago | reply

      Wow. Thanks for sharing :-)

    14. storeknut 48 months ago | reply

      Me har fleire av desse rundt om i Sogn som du veit, men denne er truleg den flottaste. Det irriterande er at same kor mange gonger eg har forsøkt å ta eit nokolunde skappeleg bilete av den så har eg ikkje nådd deg og ditt bilete opp til knehasane eingong! Lyset ditt er som alltid godt og den greinkvasten oppe i hjørna gjer underverk med komposisjonen.

    15. Omani Sky 48 months ago | reply

      Jens...thanks for clarifying :-)

      VERY well manipulated! I've not been successful when it comes to blending multiple exposure or HDR for that matter and certainly not at removing pesky unwanted elements...it's not easy!

      Gorgeous result.

    16. Jarod Carruthers 46 months ago | reply

      Nicely captured, especially seeing you have managed to get it with no other people in the frame. Interesting history narrative too.

    17. Lanti _ 45 months ago | reply

      The stave churches in Norway are always a great subject.
      Very nicely taken.
      VG of Lanti

    18. Stanley Zimny 36 months ago | reply

      Just a magnificent image - great work
      Photography is a dream
      And with your pic I'm sharing it with you
      You Are Invited To Add This dream To..
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