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Hopperstad Stave Church Replica (Moorhead, Minnesota)

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Hopperstad Stave Church Replica interior (August 2022)

I’ve been in several stave churches in Scandinavia, but this was my first in the USA. Minnesota is sort of the Scandinavia of the west.

Hopperstad Stave Church Replica

Moorhead, Minnesota

Yesterday I came as close to visiting Scandinavia as I will this year when I stumbled upon my fifth Stave church in my lifetime (but the first outside of Norway or Denmark).

Happy Sabbath

Fantoft Stave Church (Bergen, Norway)

Viking church

Stave Church Århus Moesgård Museum

Stave Church and Bell Tower near Århus, Denmark “in” the Moesgård Museum

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Today’s photo is a different angle on a place I visited in 2011.

Stave Church near Århus (Moesgård Museum)

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Moesgaard Museum – Stave Church – Århus, Denmark

One day, while sightseeing in Århus, Denmark, I rode the bus down to Højbjerg to check out the stave church. I knew what a stave church was supposed to look like from playing the “Age of Mythology” computer game so I was a bit disappointed to find this one which looked nothing like my expectations.

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Stave church interior

None of the original Viking churches have survived in Denmark. This one is a reconstruction done in the 1990s. The bell tower next to the church was completed in 2004.

Bergen’s Infamous Stave Church

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Fantoft stavkirke

Some people would say that hanging out in the woods as the sun sets behind the Fantoft Stave Church, site of the infamous 1992 arson, is a little creepy. I found it to be exhilarating. I wanted to wait for darkness as there appeared to be some spotlights. However, I didn’t want to miss the last tram back to my hotel, and it was already approaching midnight.