||HEDDAL STAVE CHURCH|
Stave Church is the largest of Norway´s surviving stave churches and
boasts the most impressive and distinctive exterior. The existing
chancel is the oldest part probably dating from 1147, while the rest
was built in 1242. The church is dedicated to the Virgin Mary and is
constructed in the form of a stave basilica with 12 large and 6 smaller
support posts. There is a continuous gallery around the whole of the
church. An extensive restoration and refurbishment programme was
completed in 1952.
The church has 4 upright carved enlrance
portals and the interior is decorated with extremely old murals and
traditional arose,, painting irom lhe 17th century. Many of lhc
conlents of the church found their way into museums in Oslo, hut a
distinctive old chair, now known as the «bishop´s chair» stands in the
chancel. It is said that it may even predate the Christian era.
Heddal Stave Church is located in Notodden.