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hopperstad stave church
HOPPERSTAD STAVE CHURCH

This church was built approximately 1150. It is a triple-nave stave church and has a Gothic altar-baldaquin with sculptured heads, as well as decorations and paintings in the ceiling depicting the childhood of Christ.

This stave church was saved from demolition on the initiative of the architect Peter Blix. The Association of Historical Relics bought the church in 1880, and Blix restored the church at his own expense on the basis of plans he designed. The only inventory Blix had from the old church was a canopy dating to around 1300.

The western porch is among the supreme examples of Middle Age wood carvings in Norway. The motives are completely of Romance character, something which is associated with European art.

Hopperstad Stave Church is located in Vik.
 Stave Churches of Norway Church buildings tell some of the story of this cultural convergence.