Hopperstad Stave Church

Hopperstad Stave Church, Norway

After looking back at my last posts, I’ve decided that my blog needs a few more pictures – especially given that one of my original blog aims was to improve my illustration! So here’s a start…

This drawing shows Hopperstad Stave Church, Vik, Norway. This is believed to be one of the oldest stave churches, probably built around 1130/1140. Unfortunately, a lot of these buildings have now been lost, and Hopperstad itself came pretty close to being destroyed after suffering several of periods of neglect. The Society for the Preservation of Norwegian Ancient Monuments purchased and restored the building in 1880.