Eidsborg Stave Church—Nicolaus av Bari

Eidsborg Norway

[Norwegian Lutheran State Church]

Dedicated to the travelers' patron, St. Nicolas, the single nave church was built around 1250-1300. Unique to Norway, the stave wooden churches have survived because flat rocks, or sills, were used as the foundation, preventing decomposition of the wood. The church was restored during the 17th and 18th centuries and the nave and cloister enlared in 1825. Major restoration in the 1920s uncovered Renaissance murals. The nave is original medieval construction.