Heddal Stave Church
Norway
Norway's stave churches were built after the Vikings
converted to Christianity.  The word "stave" refers to a style
of construction using vertical wooden posts.  Only 28 remain
today out of the original 500-600.  The largest survivor is this
one at Heddal, dating from the 12th-13th Centuries.
The Heddal Stave Church has been restored and is still in use
today.  Norway's version of a medieval cathedral.  As a group
the stave churches are among the oldest wooden buildings
anywhere in the world, quite distinctive from other churches.
Heddal looks very impressive in this widest shot taken from
behind the church, showing three crosses lined up together
at different heights.
If you have a high speed internet connection, watch the
Intrepid Berkeley Explorer's free video of this trip, "Vikings,
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