The stave church in Lom

How amazing! I can’t believe these stave churches have been around since the Middle Ages, must put on my bucket list.

Bente Haarstad Photography

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Norway is the only country in Northern Europe with wooden churches from the Middle Ages still intact. These wooden churches, the stave churches, were once common in Northern Europe. It was probably built between 1000 and 2000 of these churches in Norway alone. Today there are only 28 of them left, and I visited one of them, the stave church in Lom, on my way to the west coast the other day.

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It was a cold day in this mountain village called Lom, and I didn’t have time to stay. It was nobody around. No tourists in this time of the year, and the visitor center near by was also closed. The church is still used as a church, but otherwise it is open only in summer. It was still worthwhile visiting, because the building is very special. I have only been the once before, 14 years ago…

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