Dating back to 1140, the Hopperstad church is one of Norway’s oldest and largest stave churches, a type of construction once common throughout northern Europe though almost all the surviving examples today are in Norway. By the 1800s, the church, which is constructed of nearly 2,000 separate wooden pieces, was no longer in use and had begun to fall into disrepair. In 1880, the Society for the Preservation of Norwegian Ancient Monuments took over the building and meticulously restored it, allowing travelers to continue to admire this spectacular example of wood carving from the Middle Ages.
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