Borgund stavkirke

Borgund stavkirke  går for å være landet eldste og best bevarte stavkirke. Antagelig er den bygget rundt 1180 AC basert på en undersøkelse av tømmeret som kirken er bygget av. Dette skal være hogd rundt 1170!

Picture 836Borgund stave church‘ is probably the oldest and best kept stave church left in Norway! Probably the church was built back in 1180 AC. The reason why they believe this is due to  the timber that makes out the church has been age checked and said to be cut down approximately in 1170 AC.

Borgund, hvor altså denne kirken ligger, er å finne ca 30 km østenfor Osøyri som er ‘gamlebyen’ i dagens Lærdal. Det har vært nødvendig å skjerme kirken fra den enorme slitasjen av tusenvis av turister som besøker denne kirken hvert år.

Borgund, where the church is located, lies approximately 20 miles to the east of Osøyri which is the oldest part of  todays ‘Lærdal’. It has been neccessary to shelter the church from the wear and tear from thousands of tourists that visit the church  every year.

Personlig ble jeg litt skuffet over besøket. Kirken var langt mindre enn forventet, særlig tatt i betraktning offisielle beskrivelser gjennom leksika og brosjyrer. Og hvis dette nasjonalikonet er ‘det best bevarte i landet’ så må det virkelig stå ille til med resten!
Det var også innført et fotoforbud rundt kirken, men jeg sitter igjen med en sterk følelse av forbudet var mer motivert av økt salg av postkort, brosjyrer og bøker fra det nyopprettede turist- og kirkekontor 200 meter lenger unna. Og muligens for at et elendig vedlikehold ikke så lett skulle kunne dokumenteres?

Personally I was disappointed over this visit. The church was far smaller than expected, especially related to the expectations one gets reading brochures, books and other material.
If this national ikon is the best preserved stave church in Norway, the rest must really be in a bad shape!
Taking photographs was prohibited! I suspect this was motivated more to benefit increased sale of books and souvenirs from the local tourist center near by than anything else? Or would they be trying to prevent that a lacking maintenance could be documented?
Picture 839Nei, jeg brøt ikke fotoforbudet! Men med moderne digitalkameraer behøver man ikke stå særlig nær for å registrere elendigheten.

No, I didn’t break the ‘no photography’ rule!  At least not on church territory, but with modern cameraes you don’t need to stand all that close to register the misery.

Picture 846Jeg minner om at bilder kan klikkes opp i full størrelse!
I’ll remind you that all pictures on this blog may be clicked into full screen!
Picture 847Taket var av en spesiell konstruksjon, men tidens tann var i ferd med å merke også dette taket.
The roofing was rather special, but against time there is no defence. Also this roof was marked by aging.
Picture 849Tømmeret ser ut til å innehold særlig mye kvae og har antagelig bidratt til at det har gått bra så langt?
The timber seem to rich on resin, and this is probably a major contribution to preserving the timber so far ?
Picture 843Langt utenfor gjerdet tillot jeg meg å klikke av et skudd nedover dalen. Her ser man kirkens plassering og det nye turistcenteret nederst i veien.

Far outside the stone fence I allowed myself to fire a ‘shot’ down the valley. Here you may see how the church is located and  also the new tourist center down the road.
Picture 850Rundt kirken var det en utvendig svalegang, hvilket medførte at rommet på innsiden ble enda mindre – (Fotografering forbudt!)
Hvor stort var selve kirkerommet?  Det er noen år siden jeg var der nå, men jeg tror ikke jeg tar så mye feil om jeg anslår at det var ca 3×4 meter (Muligens enda litt mindre)!

Around the church there was an outside passageway, which in turn made it neccessary to make the room inside the church even smaller – (and this I was not allowed to photograph!)
How large was the interior itself? If I remember correctly, I estimated the size 9 x 12 feet
(Possibly even  a bit smaller than that! )

Det er ganske utrolig at denne kirken var i aktivt bruk inntil 1868. Da sto den nye Borgund kirke klar til å ta over menigheten. Kirkegården er derimot
fortsatt i bruk!
Picture 845
It’s incredible that Borgund stave church was in active use up to 1868. Then the new
Borgund kirke was ready to take over the congregation. The graveyard, however, is still being used today!
Picture 844Interiør fra nyeBorgund kirke.
Interior from the new Borgund church

Picture 833Jeg avslutter denne reportasjen med et vakkert minne fra Lærdalselva øvre løp. Lærdalselva er forøvrig en av Norges beste lakseelver.

I conclude this photo report with a beautiful memory from the upper parts of the Lærdal river, which incidentally is one of the most famous salomon rivers in Norway.
(Compliments of SRB )

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9 Responses to Borgund stavkirke

  1. I just love visiting old buildings when in other countries and Wow to that old church beautiful🙂

  2. WM says:

    This report is just breathtaking! Incredible beauty of land and photos.

  3. allesistgut says:

    Isn’t almost every river in Norway the most famous for salmon?! I really have that impression which comes from many journeys to and through Norway!😉 And the Borgund stave church is in a horrible condition, indeed. I visited it last time in 2002. Then the church was fine and beautiful, newly tarred. Photographing wasn’t prohibited and the new visitor center wasn’t built yet. Poor, that they let ruinos the church. Maybe soon the visitor centre is the only place where you can see how beautiful this church was. I must say I’ve never seen a stave church in Norway in such bad condition.

    • If this is ‘the best kept one’ (like it says in Wikipedia) I shudder to the thought about how the others may look? I think perhaps that you rarely see them up close like this time? I’ll make it a point to photograph details next time I visit one. And it was a genuin surprise to me as well!

  4. manoy says:

    i like much

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