Norway once had at least 750 stave churches. 28 of these remain on their original sites today, some intact, others in ruins. Heddal stave church is the largest of them and has been often called "a Gothic cathedral in wood".
It was built in the 13th century (consecrated on 25th November 1240 if a runic inscription in the covered exterior passage is properly interpreted) though literally first mentioned in 1315. First renovated 1849-1851 in order to prevent total destruction, then with more careful and skillful works in the 1950's the original condition was restored.
The beautifully carved doors are a proof of the flourishing period in the history of Heitradali, the old name for Heddal. The interior is decorated with traditional "rosemaling" and representations of the apostels.
Critiques | Translate
HimalAnda (8444) 2011-06-30 12:43
This is an original architecture for a church! Your picture is nice, with great colors and an excellent sharpness.
lakshmip1949 (19110) 2011-06-30 12:55
Lovely stave church from Norway. I love the architecture.Nice tree on the left forming a good frame. Fantastic colors with sharpness.
williewhistler (12056) 2011-06-30 13:10
Hello Laszlo,you have captured this intricate and most interesting church very well.
The people add a nice sense of scale.
Best wishes Les.
katrinh (569) 2011-06-30 13:19
this really is the most beautiful one of the Norwegian stave churches. i especially like the different "floors" with each having an own row of wooden roofs - that`s what makes it so special, I think. You managed to capture the whole church - with a beautiful bright blue sky in the background - very nice.
Maybe I would have tried to take it from an even lower POV to cut out the street in the foreground - the grain just looks better.
Very beautiful picture of an amazing peace of Norwegian architecture,
tyro (18202) 2011-06-30 14:45
This is a beautiful photograph of a beautiful church. I have seen pictures and read notes about "stave churches" from Gunnar (saxo042) before but your note is very interesting and this picture is quite different from the pictures he has shown us of other stave churches.
A very impressive and lovely building, wonderful colours, perfect exposure and excellent clarity and sharpness. And, of course, a beautifully composed photograph.
emilbo (22256) 2011-06-30 16:17
Vraiment merveilleuse cette église et l'architecture en cascades. Excellente présentation et qualité d'image. Le bel éclairage nous laisse bien voir les détails et le rendement des couleurs est parfait.
Toutes mes félicitations,
cargus (8018) 2011-06-30 22:34
An interesting architectural scene a well rendered, sharpness, exposure and natural colors are excellent!...well done.!!
saxo042 (36632) 2011-07-01 1:52
A very beautiful stave church! Also a very well taken picture with sharpness and fine colours. I have not seen this one but would really like to. It reminds me in style of Borgund Stave CChurch but of course much bigger. Interesting note too!
danos (82577) 2011-07-01 2:03
fascinating the view of this old wooden church with its domes to and the crosses to are well captured.I like the excellent presentation,the architectonic style,as the superb light of the image.
Have a good day,danos
paololg (31448) 2011-07-01 4:05
Ciao caro Laszlo,
č un piacere rivederti in TE, come stai?
Hai postato una bella e interessante foto che ci mostra questa curiosa e rara chiesa di legno, non ne avevo mai vista una di cosě grande. La qualitŕ della foto č eccellente, soprattutto la nitidezza e la buona definizione dei dettagli. Eccellente lavoro, caro amico, bravissimo!
Ciao, ti auguro un buon fine settimana!
sacimar (25971) 2011-07-01 11:57
this is an impressive building, its architecture is different and eye-catching, good details and composition, well done,
PaulVDV (20233) 2011-07-01 12:15
Taken from a very good angle to show the wonderful and special architecture of this stave church.
The brown colour provides a pleasant and warm feeling
to the picture.
Best regards, Paul
ptiza (727) 2011-07-01 12:17
What an unique and interesting architecture of the church. The architecture reminds me a little wooden church architecture in our Kizhi, it is also tiered, but you have steeples with crosses, then we have dome like bulbs with crosses. Photography is very well done.
pajaran (47712) 2011-07-01 13:06
Vrlo interesantan i dobar tekst sa istorijom crkve od drveta ...
Lep pogled na staru drvenu crkvu, lepe boje i fotografija.
Dobar ugao snimka, ostrina, kontrast i kompozicija.
Prijatno vece i dobar vikend.
Nagyon érdekes és jó szöveg a történelem, a templom fából készült ...
A gyönyörű kilátás nyílik a régi fatemplom, gyönyörű színek és képek.
Jó szög lövés, az élesség, a kontraszt és összetétele.
Kellemes este, jó hétvégét.
Very interesting and a good text with the history of the church made of wood ...
A beautiful view of the old wooden church, beautiful colors and images.
Good angle shot, sharpness, contrast and composition.
Pleasant evening and good weekend.
jafadabret (56497) 2011-07-04 9:32
C'est un plaisir de contempler une aussi belle architecture dans cette photo. J'aime le graphisme, le rendu des textures, les couleurs.
Une réussite !
Silvio1953 (114897) 2011-07-08 3:03
Ciao Laszlo, bella vista della fantastica chiesa con splendida e caratteristica architettura in legno, magnifica nitidezza e splendidi colori naturali, bravo, buon week end, ciao Silvio
bracasha75 (24517) 2011-07-16 9:17
Das da oben nicht schreibt ich konnte 100% sagen das dieses bild iergendwo in Rusland gemacht ist.
Zauberhaftes foto mein freund
Charo (51208) 2011-07-26 14:55
Looks like you're tired of TE, you're not as active as before.
It's magnificent architecture of this church, built mostly in wood.
Very good perspective with excellent light and colors.
Hansaphotos (6415) 2011-08-05 2:12
A fine capture of the impressive old church. Perfect choice of POV and angle for the shot. Nice colour contrast against the blue sky. Great work! TFS. Have a nice day.
Best regards, Erling
- Copyright: Laszlo Koenig (Jakab) (3867)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2010-07-16
- Categories: Architecture
- Camera: Nikon D-80, AF-S Nikkor 16-85/3.5-5.6G ED VR
- Exposure: f/9.5, 1/350 seconds
- More Photo Info: view
- Map: view
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Date Submitted: 2011-06-30 11:50