Lom Stave church

lom5lom12lom1lom6lom11lom9lom10lom3“Lom stave church was originally build around 1160. In the 17th century an extension onto the west transepts, a sacristy and the large central tower with a high steeple surrounded by four smaller towers were added. In the Middle Ages, Lom stave church was the most important church between Nidaros (Trondheim) and Hamar. Like today Lom was a busy crossroad between east and west. The church is decorated with acanthus baroque wood carvings. During the excavations in 1973, a lot of interesting things were found; the largest collection of old coins ever found in Norway, and a love letter written in runic characters.” – a tourist sign at the site. 

During our Norway sightseeing vacation, we stopped in Lom, Norway to behold this stave church. I have very mixed feelings about stave churches. Indeed, they are beautiful and what interests me about them is the architecture, -or rather- the norse wood carvings. But…they remind me of a time where christianity was violently forced upon the vikings. I think that says more than enough about how I feel, and I’ll leave it at that. *Just so it’s said: believe what you will, be kind and respectful to others. We are all allowed to have faith in whatever we have faith in. Peace out!*

Sól Geirsdóttir, The Viking Queen

 

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3 thoughts on “Lom Stave church

  1. Thank-you for showing the stave church photos and information and it’s exellent workmanship, I really love the urns style art its magic.

  2. Excellent photos. Good timing receiving this e-mail as my daughter just returned from Scandinavia today and enjoyed her stay very much and visited many Viking settlements.
    This is the best aspect of this particular blog and you said, “Just so it’s said: believe what you will, be kind and respectful to others. We are all allowed to have faith in whatever we have faith in. Peace out!”
    Good words to follow in your your life.
    Thank you.
    Marc

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