Urnes Stave Church: piece of history

Urnes Stave Church (Norwegian: Urnes stavkyrkje) is a 12th-century stave church at Ornes, along the Lustrafjorden in the municipality of Luster in Sogn og Fjordane county, Norway. It sits on the eastern side of the fjord, directly across the fjord from the village of Solvorn and about 5 kilometres (3.1 mi) east of the village of Hafslo.

It has been owned by Society for the Preservation of Norwegian Ancient Monuments since 1881. In 1979, the Urnes Stave Church was listed as a  World Heritage site by UNESCO.

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History: The church was built around 1130 or shortly thereafter, and still stands in its original location; it is believed to be the oldest of its kind. It provides a link between Christian architecture and the architecture and artforms of the Viking Age with typical animal-ornamentation, the so-called “Urnes style” of animal-art.

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Archaeological investigations have discovered the remains of three churches on the site prior to the current building. The excavations uncovered holes in the ground from earth-bound posts which had belonged to an early post church, a type of church with walls supported by short sills inserted between free-standing posts. It is not known if this church had a raised roof above the central space of the nave like the present church. The earliest possible dating of this church is the early eleventh century.

 

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In the 17th century the nave of the church, which is a raised central room surrounded by an aisle, was extended southwards. Other elements were also added to the church, including a baptismal font (1640), a wooden canopyabove the altar (1665) and a pulpit (1693–1695). The altarpiece, which depicts Christ on the cross with the Virgin Mary and John the Baptist, dates from 1699. Windows were added to the church in the 18th century.

The church has not been in ordinary use since 1881, when the parish of Urnes was abolished, and it became a part of Solvorn parish in the Indre Sogn deanery of the Diocese of Bjørgvin. It is now only used for special occasions in the parish such as baptisms and weddings.

Reference: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Urnes_Stave_Church

For Lens-artists-photo-challenge

Unforgettable corners

Famous Stave church in Western Norway!

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This building doesn’t need any introduction!

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Can you Guess this piece from history!

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More interpretations on “Corners” can be found on WPC

When I read the theme as “corner”, I remember this joke

“And God promised men that good and obedient wives would be found in all corners of the world … then He made the earth round…and laughed and laughed and laughed….”

Have a nice weekend!

Charles Bridge Prague: Get set click

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My first entry for this week’s  Photo Challenge

Whole day this place is full of tourists and locals. Sometimes rather overcrowded.

Also this is one the favourite spots among photographers in Prague. Easy to find professional and non-professionals during dawn and dusk.  You find people waiting with/without tripods to capture that perfect moment.

The Charles Bridge is a historic bridge that crosses the Vltava river in Prague, Czech Republic. Its construction started in 1357 under the auspices of King Charles IV, and finished in the beginning of the 15th century. The bridge replaced the old Judith Bridge built 1158–1172 that had been badly damaged by a flood in 1342. This new bridge was originally called the Stone Bridge or the Prague Bridge but has been the “Charles Bridge” since 1870. As the only means of crossing the river Vltava (Moldau) until 1841, the Charles Bridge was the most important connection between Prague Castle and the city’s Old Town and adjacent areas. This “solid-land” connection made Prague important as a trade route between Eastern and Western Europe.

The bridge is 621 metres (2,037 ft) long and nearly 10 metres (33 ft) wide, following the example of the Stone Bridge in Regensburg, it was built as a bow bridge with 16 arches shielded by ice guards. It is protected by three bridge towers, two of them on the Lesser Quarter side and the third one on the Old Town side. The bridge is decorated by a continuous alley of 30 statues and statuaries, most of them baroque-style, originally erected around 1700 but now all replaced by replicas.

Reference:  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Charles_Bridge

Stockholm (II)- Swedish Heritage: Vasa Museum (WPC)

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Today Vasa is the world’s only preserved 17th century ship and the most visited museum in Scandinavia. The Vasa ship capsized and sank in Stockholm 1628. After 333 years on the sea bed the mighty warship was salvaged and the voyage could continue.

More information on Vasa Museum

Check the information movie at this you tube link

More Heritage entries in WPC