Definition of stave church in English:

stave church

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  • A church of a type built in Norway from the 11th to the 13th century, the walls of which were constructed of upright planks or staves.
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    • In the nineteenth century, Pietists in Norway burned some of the celebrated ancient stave churches as their grotesque timber carvings were, again, considered idolatrous.
    • The recent burning of some of the unique carved wood stave churches of Scandinavia in a bizarre attempt to reawaken the spirit of Valhalla made a more sophisticated understanding imperative.
    • In Nordic stave churches, the mystery of the forest was fixed and explained as ‘dark light’.

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