Hedalen Stave Church

Hedalen Stave Church (Norwegian: Hedalen stavkyrkje) is a parish church of the Church of Norway in Sør-Aurdal Municipality in Innlandet county, Norway. The stave church is located in the Hedalen valley. It is the church for the Hedalen parish which is part of the Valdres prosti (deanery) in the Diocese of Hamar. The brown, wooden stave church was built in a cruciform design around the year 1160 using plans drawn up by an unknown architect. The church seats about 210 people.

 Hedalen Stavkyrkje, Sør-Aurdal

The earliest existing historical records of the church date back to the year 1327, but the church was not built that year. The church was originally built during the second half of the 12th century, possibly around the year 1160. Modern dendrochronological studies have shown that the timbers of the church were originally cut around the year 1160. The church was originally a wooden long church with a single nave. The west entrance remains from the original church. The front portal is one of the oldest and most richly ornamented in the country. It takes the form of three winged dragons, one on each side of the arch and pilasters of the entrance and one above, all elaborately intertwined in a tendril and leaf pattern.[1][2][3][4][5]

After the Black Death, Hedalen Church was abandoned and it lay empty and overgrown for more than 150 years because so few people remained living in that area. By the 1500s and 1600s, people moved back to Hedalen and the church was put back into use. In 1699, the church was remodeled and expanded. The old choir was removed and three wings to the north, south, and east of the main nave were built, giving the church a cruciform floor plan (some sources claim this happened in 1738). The new eastern wing was the choir and there was a small sacristy attached to that. There was no tower after this project until 1738 when one was built by Svend Tråseth. Restoration work was done during 1902 under direction of architect Carl Berner (1877–1943).[6] During the restoration work, the previous sacristy was replaced with a new choir with an apse, and the new parts were enclosed in an ambulatory. A new sacristy was built on the north side of the old choir. This also included a small reconstruction to add a new ridge turret (Norwegian: takrytter) as well as a new slate roof.[7][2][3][4]

^ Jørgen H. Jensenius. "Hedalen stavkirke". Stavkirke.info. Retrieved 1 October 2017. ^ a b "Hedalen stavkirke - kirkested" (in Norwegian). Norwegian Directorate for Cultural Heritage. Retrieved 16 January 2022. ^ a b "Hedalen stavkirke". Norges-Kirker.no (in Norwegian). Retrieved 16 January 2022. ^ a b Christie, Sigrid; Storsletten, Ola; Hoff, Anna Marte. "Hedalen stavkirke" (in Norwegian). Norges Kirker. Retrieved 16 January 2022. ^ "Hedalen stave church". valdres.no. Retrieved 1 October 2017. ^ Trond Marinus Indahl. "Carl Berner, arkitekt". Norsk kunstnerleksikon. Retrieved 1 October 2017. ^ "Hedalen stavkirke i Valdres". Valdres.no. Retrieved 1 October 2017.
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