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Heddal stave church, Notodden
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Heddal stave church is a stave church located at Heddal in Notodden municipality, Norway.The church is a triple nave stave church and is Norway's largest stave church. It was constructed at the beginning of the 13th century. After the reformation, the church was in a very poor condition, and a restoration took place during 1849–1851. However, because the restorers lacked the necessary knowledge and skills, yet another restoration was necessary in the 1950s. The interior is marked by the period after the Lutheran Reformation in 1536–1537 and is for a great part a result of the restoration that took place in the 1950s.LegendThere is a legend telling about the erection of the church and how it was built in three days.Five farmers (Raud Rygi, Stebbe Straand, Kjeik Sem, Grut Grene and Vrang Stivi) from Heddal had made plans for a church, and they decided to have it built. This is how it happened:One day, Raud Rygi (one of the five men) met a stranger who was willing to build the church. However, the stranger, set three conditions for doing the job, one of which must be fulfilled before the church was finished:Raud had three options: fetch the sun and the moon from the sky, forfeit his life-blood, or guess the name of the stranger. Raud thought the last would not prove too difficult, so he agreed to the termsBut time began to run out. All of the building materials had arrived during the first night, and remarkably, the spire was built during the second. It became clear to Raud that the church would be finished on the third day.Down at heart and fearing for his life, Raud took a walk around in the fields trying to figure out what the stranger's name could be. Still wandering about he had unconsciously arrived at Svintruberget (a rocky hill southeast of the church site) when he suddenly heard a strange but most beautiful and clearly audible female song:
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  • Every time we are in the area, we take a visit to Notodden in Telemark to view/photograph Norway's largest stave church, and to admire the approximately 800 year old Romanesque architecture magnificence built from the mid-1200 's, which probably is built on the ground and some materials from an even older church. Plan form is a trearmet cross Church, with length 20 metres and height of 26 metres! Hovedskipet has 20 master, the choir has 6-smoking master, and built has two aisles, three towers and external Gallery. The Interior and Church room is Heavenly beautiful and should be experienced! One can almost feel the historic murmur, where mind goes back in time. It has been transformed, changed and restored several times through time. Now it's up to future generations to take care of this beautiful and irreplaceable treasure of this. Highly recommended! d:o)
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  • Uvdal stave church is very impressive with their dimensions. Unfortunately, the large birch trees on the back was like in the year 2015. Too bad for the photo opportunity, however new Birch planted these are about 2 meters high. Very nice carvings can be found inside the Church. The supervisory staff gives very detailed information in English. This stave church in southern Norway should be absolutely visited.
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  • A staseleg structure that it is worth and get with it. Is of greatest såleis dei stavkjyrkjene and a landmark.
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  • One of the jewel of Norway. For me only comparable with Borgund Stavkirke. I have seen it 5 or 6 times, and always with some emotion even if I am no religious person.
  • Very nice church. Too bad it is so close too the road and houses. Also, the guided tour is VERY brief, and maybe the 80kr is a bit high.
  • A must-see in Norway! Beautiful church on a gorgeous place about 1.5 hours from Oslo. Free.
  • That's a beautiful Church, but the enrtance ticket is way too expensive!
  • Interessting wooden church in a nice setting. A must see in Norway.