Notes on the Geography of Norway: Oslo: the Norwegian Folk Museum: Photo 15
The church was moved here in 1880 and the exterior was rebuilt at that time with new materials. Only the interior has original staves.
Further detail: the church originally stood in Gol, 80 miles to the northwest. A painting of it by J.M. Prahm in 1846 shows that it had been radically modernized. In the painting, the church has no dragon-head gable ends, and it has no peripheral outside gallery. The lower roof, in other words, is missing. Instead of the belfry seen here, the church has a central spire about as high as the church itself. Apparently, the church at Borgund was used as a model in reconstruction. (For a reproduction of Prahm's painting, see Jiri Havran's Norwegian Stave Churches, 2010?, p.88.)
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