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Borgund Stave Church, Laerdal Municipality

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Religious Site Tourist Spot
Built around 1180, Borgund Stave Church serves as Norway's best-preserved example of a medieval stave church. The name of this type of church originates from the its distinct architecture made up of vertical wooden boards, called staves. Notice the mix between Viking influence and early Christian symbolism, like the dragon carvings on the roof and the cross above the entrance. Keep an eye out for ancient runes written along the walls. Enter the church to view the ornate wooden carvings within, and then head to the visitor center to see exhibits related to the history of stave churches in Norway. You'll pay a small fee to see outside exhibits. Put Borgund Stave Church into our Laerdal Municipality trip itinerary planner and find out what's close by, where to stay, and where to head next.
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  • We only viewed the church from the outside, but we wanted to see one stave church while in Norway so this fit the bill. We then did the walk/hike that leads from the church to the old king's road whic...  more »
  • Begin in the modern visitor centre on the river side of the road, to get your ticket. Get a pamphlet & ask if there is a guide at the Church. We had Bjorn & he was excellent. Very clear, touch of humo...  more »
  • during our weekend trip we have visited this beautiful and amazing church. Absolutely a cultural site to visit.  more »
  • A must stop if you are in the area! Not worth paying to go inside though, but make sure to walk through the museum in the reception center. Also a great cafe there that's perfect for a quick stop. Clean restrooms and small gift shop.
  • Beautiful northern church with a couple of nice walking routes surrounding it. Hard to reach if not using a car.
  • Pure beauty.
  • Beautiful church.. Amazing experience
  • a great museum, where you can obtain information about the history of the stave church of Borgund. But also stave churches in general. Very informative! Furthermore, a souvenir shop is also included. And toilets present, which are very clean by the way. Friendly staff. Museum is not really big, but big enough. We went here for about 30-45 minutes.