Urnes Stave Church (1979)
Norway

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The wooden church of Urnes stands in the natural setting of Sogn og Fjordane. It was built in the 12th and 13th centuries and is an outstanding example of traditional Scandinavian wooden architecture. It brings together traces of Celtic art, Viking traditions and Romanesque spatial structures. 

Norway 1996. World Cultural Heritage. Urnes Stave Church.

The traditional Norwegian Stave Churches are more than impressive. The oldest one is Urnes with its mythological woodcuts.   

The most impressive thing about them is the craftsmanship and perfectionism in their construction.  The carpenters were masters in their crafts, and finished their works with utter precision.  The roofing shingles were fitted so well together that they could easily resist even the strongest winter storms and the weight of the snow masses in winter. Similar constructions are seen throughout Europe from Norway and Karelia (Russia) in the north, over Poland to Romania in the south. 

  • Norway 1996.  Urnes Stave Church. The stamp is part of a set of three tourist stamps. 

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Other World Heritage Sites in Norway (on this web site). Inactive links are not described on stamps. Please refer to the UNESCO-listing, Norway-Section for further information about the individual properties. 

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