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Stavkirke Church

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Stavkirke Church

The Stavkirke Church is a place for spiritual meditation and worship. It is both a replica and a tribute to Washington Island’s Scandinavian heritage. Built in 1991, the church was modeled after a stave in Borgun, Norway. The funds were raised by Trinity Evangelical Lutheran church.

The Stavkirke Church Washington Island, WI - The Stavkirke Church is a place for spiritual meditation and worship. It is both a replica and a tribute to Washington Island's Scandinavian heritage. Built in 1991, the church was modeled after a stave in Borgun, Norway. The funds were raised by Trinity Evangelical Lutheran church.

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It is patterned after an ancient church of Norway from medieval times. You can see the Viking shipbuilding influence in the interior and exterior architecture.

 


There are four dragons on the front and rear roofs of the church which were designed from a Stavkirke book. There is a prayer path to stroll along and sit and reflect. This is a lovely example of Scandinavian architecture.

 

The Stavkirke Church Washington Island, WI - The Stavkirke Church is a place for spiritual meditation and worship. It is both a replica and a tribute to Washington Island's Scandinavian heritage. Built in 1991, the church was modeled after a stave in Borgun, Norway. The funds were raised by Trinity Evangelical Lutheran church.

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The name derives from the buildings’ structure of post and lintel construction, a type of timber framing where the load-bearing ore-pine posts are called stave in Old Norse (stav in modern Norwegian). Two related church building types also named for their structural elements, the post church and palisade church, are often also called stave churches.

Anytime I’m on the island, I have to pay a visit to this beauty.


Until next time friends. Take care!

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