The Borgund Stave Church, in western Norway, dates to 1180. (From: Photos: 10 Most Beautiful Churches)

The Borgund Stave Church, in western Norway, dates to 1180. (From: Photos: 10 Most Beautiful Churches)

Diverse Photos of Architecture - Stav church. Another angle of the stav church at folks museum in Bygdøy, Oslo. Photo taken in Norway by Sam I Am

Diverse Photos of Architecture - Stav church. Another angle of the stav church at folks museum in Bygdøy, Oslo. Photo taken in Norway by Sam I Am

The Heddal Stave Church in Norway (Photo: L.C. Nøttaasen/CC BY 2.0)  There, stave churches like the Heddal Church (the largest of the original stave churches), or the Hopperstad Church (which may date back as far as 1034 CE), have been preserved over the centuries. These medieval churches were notable for mixing Christian iconography and pagan designs like dragons and animals, giving them a distinctive look found nowhere else in the world.

Stave Churches Are All Wood, Dragons, and Beauty

The Heddal Stave Church in Norway (Photo: L.C. Nøttaasen/CC BY 2.0) There, stave churches like the Heddal Church (the largest of the original stave churches), or the Hopperstad Church (which may date back as far as 1034 CE), have been preserved over the centuries. These medieval churches were notable for mixing Christian iconography and pagan designs like dragons and animals, giving them a distinctive look found nowhere else in the world.

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