Kaupanger stavkirke (Stave Church), Norway

Kaupanger Stave Church is located not too far from Urnes Stave Church, only little bit further out and on the other side of the Sognefjord. The church is dated back to about 1140, and has gone through several restoration projects and alterations. Of the remaining stave churches, Kaupanger is the longest and the nave has 22 staves, 8 on each of the longer sides, 3 on each of the shorter and the elevated chancel has 4.

This is the third post about Norwegian Stave Churches.

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Nidaros Cathedral, details and Gargoyles

Being relatively close to where we live, the Nidaros Cathedral (Nidarosdomen) its a building we return to quite often. Every time we come there, we discover more details and hidden treasures that we haven’t noticed before.

When most people go to see the Gothic Cathedral in Trondheim, they only look at the front. Nothing wrong with that, but the building has so much more to offer. After spending some time at the front, please have a walk around it too.

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Urnes Stavkirke (Stave Church), Norway

The access to Urnes Stave Church is a bit more difficult than any of the others. You can take the very narrow road on the south side of Lustrafjorden, or maybe better, take the ferry across the fjord and walk the few hundred meters up to the church. Urnes Stave Church, built about 1140, is the only Stave Church on the UNESCO World Heritage Site list.

This is the second post about Norwegian Stave Churches.

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Lom Stavkirke (Stave Church), Norway

This is the first post in a series in a new category we will call “Stave Churches”. As this is the first post I will explain a bit what makes a Stave Church stand out compared to more normal log constructed churches. The word “stav” (stave/post in English) comes from the Old Norse “stafr”, and are given to the load bearing posts in the corners of the building. For bigger churches, they needed more posts to hold the load. Continue reading “Lom Stavkirke (Stave Church), Norway”

Basílica do Santuário Nacional de Nossa Senhora Aparecida (Basilica of the National Shrine of Our Lady of Aparecida), Brazil

As a follow up on the previous post about Notre Dame, here is another impressive catholic church that is located in the city Aparecida just outside Rodovia Presidente Dutra (BR-116, the main highway between São Paulo and Rio de Janeiro) in the state of São Paulo in Brazil.

The exterior may not be as interesting as the Gothic cathedrals, but this is actually one of the largest church buildings in the world. And by “largest” I mean floor area. With its 12 000 m², it’s only surpassed by St. Peters Basilica in Vatican City. Compared to lots of churches that are surrounded by tall buildings in cities, this one being in the open, makes it quite visible in the landscape.

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Notre-Dame de Paris

Notre-Dame de Paris (Our Lady of Paris), or just simply Notre Dame is one of the most famous and most visited Gothic cathedrals in the world. It’s situated on the Île de la Cité on the river Seine in Paris, France.

When we visited the city on a sunny but cold and windy weekend in the spring of 2016, we used the opportunity to take a closer look at this impressive building.

Here are a few photos we like to share with you guys, hope you enjoy them as much as we do.

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