Stave Church is easily Norway's most significant contribution to the world's religious architecture the closest thing to Goth... More
Gol Stave Church (Gol Stavkirke)
Stave Church is easily Norway's most significant contribution to the world's religious architecture the closest thing to Gothic cathedrals in this country. Elsewhere in Europe, this structure allowed for large bay windows and luminous interiors; here, light is admitted only through narrow peep-holes, a fact that can be explained by the cold climate as well as in terms of the Norwegian idea of light. As they were made entirely of wood, stave churches were tarred every three years, otherwise there would not be as many as 28 of them still standing. In 1880, the dilapidated Gol Stave Church was moved to the Bygdy peninsula and restored at the expense of King Oscar II, to embellish his then newly opened outdoor museum. Attending the regular Lutheran service or the occasional Roman Catholic Mass held here is a memorable experience. Services are held on Sundays at 1.15p while Catholic mass is held only occasionally.