Saturday, August 02, 2008

Stave Church

The Irish built large stone cathedrals. The Norwegians used their ship-building expertise to build amazing wooden churches called Stave churches.

This particular one was built as a replica because the original was burned down in 1996. They were built in the early Christian period in Norway, so you'll see some fusion between Christian ideas (crosses, baptismals, etc.) and pagan ideas (dragons to scare away evil spirits, etc.)

There was also a small window near the pulpit where the lepers and pregnant women stood outside and listened to the sermon. Pregnant women were considered unclean for a one year period after having the baby and had to obtain a note from their doctor to be allowed back in church!

1 comment:

Christie said...

Ugh. That's all I can say about the "unclean" bit.