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Details of another wooden church.

After the Russian orthodox one in France - now the largest and most ornately designed stave church of Norway, in Borgund.

Built around 1180, having still kept an amazing mediaeval appearance, it's one of the best-preserved wooden churches and being a symbol for Norway.

I read somewhere "From a distance they look like gingerbread houses, but in reality the stave churches of Norway are incredible architectural masterpieces." - And I must agree with that strange aspect as the exterior of the original church has been treated with many layers of a tar mixture to preserve it, and inside you can also smell the 800-900 years of treatment by tar, turpentine and linseed oil...

Written by Rich Heffern:

"The roof shows beautifully the blending of architectural exuberance with the practical function of shedding snow in Northern winters. The intricate, fanciful carving on the roof ridges and the shingles arrayed like a dragon's scales are held up by massive wooden timbers like a dream supported by a solid sleep..."

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