This summer a tattoo artist friend of mine from New Zealand came for a visit. She spent a week here and since Oslo is a small city it only takes a few days to see everything this city has to offer, so we decided to go hiking in Jotunheimen for couple of days. On the way there we made a stop at Hedalen Stave Church.
Heddal stave church is a stave church located at Heddal in Notodden municipality, Norway.
Back in 2011 I wrote a post called «The Ancient Grinding Mills at Leine, Valdres». A few weeks ago I had a Couchsurfer visiting me from Poland and since she’s very interested in old architecture and Viking stuff, I decided to re-process these old photos and post them again.
This is the stave church at Norsk Folkemuseum (Norwegian Folk Museum) at Bygdøy, Oslo. The folk museum is Norway’s largest museum of cultural history, featuring the world’s oldest open air museum and large indoor collections.
The Rose Church in Stordal
The Rose Church is an octagonal wooden church dating from 1789 C.E. It is famous for its wall paintings which cover the whole church’s interior. The paintings depict scenes from the Bible and stylized floral decoration in typical Norwegian style.
I’ve already written about Høre & Hedalen stave churches, but this will be my last (and shortest) post on Norwegian stave churches for a while. Just like the other two, Reinli stave church is also located in proximity to the main road (E16) that runs through Valdres, Norway. In the area called Valdres you’ll actually find 6 out of the remaining 28 stave churches in Norway. During the Middle Ages there was probably over 1000 stave churches in Norway and some believe it may have been as many as up to 2000 churches. Continue reading
As some of you might know I’ve already written a post about the Norwegian Stave Church Høre. In my previous post you’ll find some general information regarding stave churches (and of course also about Høre), so if you’re interested in the subject you’ll hopefully find that post useful. First of all: Hedalen stave church can easily be confused with the similar named Heddal stave church, but these are two different stave churches and accoring to Captain Obvious they are to be found on separate locations. Hedalen stave church, which this post is about, is located in Sør-Aurdal, Valdres – in proximity to the main road called E16.
I flere tiår nå har jeg lovet mine lesere et innlegg om stavkirker og endelig, etter lang ventetid, her er det: Den samme helgen som vi besøkte de gamle Leinekvernene dro vi også for å se noen stavkirker. Ettersom de alle ligger i nærheten av hverandre, tenkte vi: «Denne helgen har allerede utviklet seg til å bli en helg fylt med eldre, norsk, kulturhistorie, så hvorfor ikke gå for en overdose?» Så, jeg presenterer herved det første innlegget om norske stavkirker (hvis det blir for mye å lese for deg kan du nyte bildene):
For decades now I’ve promised my readers a post about Stave Churches and here it is: The same weekend that we visited the Ancient Grinding Mills at Leine, we also went to see some Stave Churches. Since they are all in the proximity, we figured: this has already turned out to be an “old Norwegian culture weekend, why not go for an overdose?” So, I hereby present the first presentation of Norwegian Stave Churches (if it’s too much to read for you, just enjoy the pictures):
There are many different types of grinding mills and many types of materials processed in them. Historically mills were powered by hand (mortar and pestle), working animal (horse mill), wind (windmill) or water (watermill). The grinding mills at Leine are water powered and situated next to a creek called Leineåne. There used to be 13 grinding mills at Vennis, but most of them were destroyed during the big flood back in 1860. Here you can see photos and read about this old Norwegian history. Continue reading