Borgund stave church

Borgund Stave church in Laerdal.
The Borgund Stave Church in Laerdal. Photo: Håkon Lie

Borgund stave church is in Lærdal. The church was built around 1180 and is one of Norway's best preserved stave churches.

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One of the best preserved stave churches

Borgund is considered to be the Stave Churches' Stave Church – the most authentic of all, with its stepped construction, with galleries, ambulatories, raise central nave, ridge crests and shell-like cladding on the ceilings and walls. Borgund Stave Church has often been used as a model when restoring other stave churches.

This beautiful building from around 1180 is richly decorated with dragon heads, other animal designs and vine ornamentation. The stave church's medieval interior appears to be almost undisturbed over the years. The wood floor and benches along the knave walls have also been partially preserved in their original state.

Visitor centre

Next to the church is an exciting visitor centre with an exhibition about Norwegian stave churches and the unique Viking era (9th century). There is also a café , souvenir shop and nursery here. Borgund stave church is on an historic route – halfway between the Vindhellavegen switchback road and the Sverrestigen road which are ideal for walking. Start from the church and take a spectacular round trip lasting 1.5 hours.

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