Initially the doors of the wooden churches were very narrow.According to popular legends, it was said that the believer should leave outside the church the bad spirits and the door was seen as a boundary for purification. The heads of dragons had the role of frightening the bad spirits.more
The Gol church, dated to 1212, entered in king’s possesion during the Lutheran reformation, 1536-1537 and was subsequently sold in 1723 in order to raise funds for the Nordic wars. Bought by two farmers, in 1880 it was decided that the church should be demolished due to the fact that it had become too small for the number of people in the parish....more
The current stave church in Gol it is actually a true copy of the 13th century church that today is found at Norsk Folkemuseum, the Norwegian Museum of Cultural History in Oslo. The Gol church is located at Storoyni in the centre of Gol and is open for services, weddings and christenings.more
Gol is located in the valley of Hallingdal in Buskerud County, in the main road from Oslo to Bergen, the first two, as importance, towns in Norway. We've reached Gol coming from north, on our way from Stryn to Oslo, after passing the world's longest road tunnel, Laerdanstunnelen (24.5km) and the beautiful Fjaerland and Aurlands regions.Road...more
In some of the stave churches figures from the old Norse mythology are depicted, often stylized.I don't have any information about how old is the representation of the Last Supper but certainly it's very interesting to see it in what we have called the "Viking version".more
The decorations of stave churches is a combination of Christian designs mixed with Viking motifs, such as the dragon motifs. Serpents and dragons form the basic element of stave churches decorations.With the roots in Viking art, it is believe that represent the fight between good and evil showing how the new beliefs have been victorious over the...more
The interior of the initial stave churches was narrow and had no seating places. In the 18th century a new law required that seating should be installed. This was a real problem for some of the old churches which had no place for adding other furniture.In the front of the church there was only the altar with the cross but in some of them wooden...more
As part of my round trip to Flam (from Hemsedal) I got on the inter city train (Oslo-Bergen) at Gol and travelled to Myrdal, a mountain station and 866m above sea level, where I caught a connecting train down to Flam, gateway to the fjords. The journey took me an hour and three quarters to Flam but it was a relaxing way to see the Norwegian countryside especially as we ascended into the snowy mountains as we were approaching Myrdal. It cost me approximately 381 NOK (April 2003) from Gol to Myrdal.
The Inter City train stopped at Al, Geilo (A ski resort), Ustaset, Havgastol, Finse, Hallingskeid and Myrdal (for the Flam railway).
Inside the church, hanged on the walls, informative boards are presenting the history of both the stave churches in Norway and Gol stave church in particular.Interesting to study is the pictures presenting a section of the stave church offering in this way the possibility to easily identify the features of these particular churches.more
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