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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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  • Here are the activities for small and large. Heddal stave church with cemetery and Café Olea. Sommarland in Bø, book and blues, Blues festival and mountain tours.
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  • Even if one is not so terribly interested in churches, is the Heddal stave church worth a visit. A very fascinating buildings from about the year 1250. We didn't go into the Church, but it is nice enough from the outside. We went down in the building next door where you can see historical artifacts from this time period.
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  • An awesome old stave church from 1200 the number that one should visit. Great exterior and even more beautiful inside.
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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.