Heddal Stave Church, Notodden

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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  • Utruleg staseleg stavkyrkje frå 1200-talet og som framleis er i bruk. Kyrkja ligg på ei sletta med ein velstelt gravplass rundt.  more »
  • It is worth it to go and see it. It costs 90NOK (adults) and 50NOK if you're an student. The church is beautiful and so are the surroundings!  more »
  • There are a few church in the world and at least one you have to visit. They are amazing construction of wood that keeps the spirit alive. The area the place the people everything it is absolutely great.
  • Located in a beautiful area in Norway you find Heddal viking church. It's lovely both inside and outside. Still used today for weddings. I recommend to wait for the guided tour.
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