Monday, October 3, 2016

stave church

The Hopperstad stave church sits on the grounds of the Hjemkomst Center in Moorhead, Minnesota.  It was built in 1998 and is a reproduction and the namesake of the stave church in Norway.  Having seen both an original old stave church while traveling in Norway, it is exciting to see this hand built reproduction done with such accuracy.  Stave refers to the construction technique of building with vertical boards instead of the more commonly used horizontal placement of the boards.  And the carved dragons.....well, they're just perfect.

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