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The past has made preparation for the future.
This is another photo from Sola Ruin Church.
As I mentioned in my first photo with this subject, the church was torn down by the German occupying forces during world war 2.
Here is the story why.

Back in in the early parts of the 20th century it was a very new fact to the world that man would take to the skies in planes. The though was eventually implemented, and over time the airplanes were eventually taken into the use as passenger air transport.
Back in the 1920-30's Norway was far from what it is today, we had no oil(yet), nothin at all was very prosperous(yet). But what we did do was to work on the norwegian ships around the world.
As a plan to increase the accessibility to the Stavanger part of Norway and to enable to send ship crews by plane it was in 1935 decided that an airport was to be built at Sola. Eventually in 1937 Sola was inagurated as the first official norwegian airport, and in addition it was one the first airport in Europe to have landing lights to enable night operation.
This little fact was enough for the forces of Nazi Germany to start the biggest airforce and navy invasion plans in the world at that time.
At 0300 in the morning of April 9th 1940 the battle had started.
After only a few hours the battle was over.
But to the dismay of the German occupying forces, the British started to bomb the airport and the areas around the following day.

After some consideration it was concluded by the German commandant that the Ruin Church had been used as a landmark to guide the bombers. They decided to tear down the church.
But as a small fraction of luck in the Nazi way of thinking, the viking history of Norway was considered an important heritage of the Arian race.
Before they tore down the church they decided to mark the stones according to their place in the structure, with the simple thing in mind that they wanted to preserve the church for the future 3rd Reich.

And still to this day you can see the markings they made on the stones.
At the present time only the markings on the cornerstones are visible and that is what you can see in this photo.

Thank you!

Please leave constructive critiques and comments as I am very keen on knowing what you think of my work.

Odd Jarle

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