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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.

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