Thursday, June 13, 2019
Garmo Stave Church
Have lost track of our days in Scandinavia. I do know that at this time we are in Norway. Lillehammer to be exact.
The image is the Garmo Stave Church situated at the Maihaugen museum at Lillehammer in Oppland, Norway. It is one of the buildings that Anders Sandvig brought to this place. We were told that Sandvig must have bought over 20 houses at this place because he can. Just kidding. Actually, he did buy the properties in this area but I forgot the reasoning behind his purchase.
A word or two about church life in Scandinavia. There are lots of churches - mostly State Lutheran churches. More than 80% of the population chose to be members of the church and yet almost all do not attend worship service except for baptism and/or first communion. Quite frankly, I find this very strange.
Nota Bene: A stave church is a medieval wooden Christian church building once common in north-western Europe. The name derives from the building's structure of post and lintel construction, a type of timber framing where the load-bearing ore-pine posts are called stafr in Old Norse (stav in modern Norwegian).
Hope your day is going well.