Heddal Stave Church, Notodden

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Heddal Stave Church (Bokmål Heddal stavkirke, Nynorsk Heddal stavkyrkje) is a stave church located at Heddal in Notodden municipality, Norway.
The church is a triple nave stave church and is Norway's largest stave church. It was constructed at the beginning of the 13th century. After the reformation, the church was in a very poor condition, and a restoration took place during 1849–1851. However, because the restorers lacked the necessary knowledge and skills, yet another restoration was necessary in the 1950s. The interior is marked by the period after the Lutheran Reformation in 1536–1537 and is for a great part a result of the restoration that took place in the 1950s.

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  • Go for the guided tour if available. We had the fortune of having a very knowledgeable guide who explained to us the ins and outs of the church in English! He explained the history behind the...  more »
  • Soon 800 years, and still standing!!!. This is the Keith Richards of churches. Do not miss. Guide was good, man guarding the door wearing medieval looking clothes....was on his screen.....probably...  more »
  • There are a few church in the world and at least one you have to visit. They are amazing construction of wood that keeps the spirit alive. The area the place the people everything it is absolutely great.
  • Located in a beautiful area in Norway you find Heddal viking church. It's lovely both inside and outside. Still used today for weddings. I recommend to wait for the guided tour.

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