Sunday, May 9, 2010

Church: Norway

I've been interested in church architecture and design for a long time. We've discussed it a bit at seminary; I wish it were the subject of an entire course. One of my (many, many) plans for this post-seminary summer is to begin work on a series of photos of churches.

In the meantime, in order to satisfy that particular urge, I thought I'd take a look at some churches which are, at least at present, outside my geographic range.

Image here.

From wikipedia:

<<A stave church is a medieval wooden church with a post and beam construction related to timber framing. The wall frames are filled with vertical planks. The load-bearing posts (stafr in Old Norse, stav in Norwegian) have lent their name to the building technique. Related church types are post churches and churches with palisade walls.All of the surviving stave churches except one are or were in Norway, but related church types were once common all over northwestern Europe.>>


  1. I love church architecture, too. My last semester in college, I took a "Christian and Byzantine Art History" class, which was largely icons and churches. I wish so much I could go back and take it again, because we talked a lot about how liturgy informs the way we design worship space (also because it turns out, I really enjoy praying with icons).

    Looking forward to the churches you share.

  2. My own mind is wondering about the cost of putting a new roof on this one when the time comes. Beautiful to look at, though....