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Notes on the Geography of Norway: Urnes and Borgund Stave Churches: Photo 18

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On the north side of the church, there's an old doorway framed by two carved jambs. The image appears to show creatures ("Urnes beasts") biting each other, perhaps metaphorically virtue fighting evil. The carvings were done before 1100 and were moved here from another church, now vanished.

The wide planks of the wall are fitted together tightly by placing them, one by one from the corners of the buildings until there was room for only one last plank. The edges of the final plank are slightly tapered, as are the edges of the two planks between which it fits. The last plank was then dropped and hammered into place. A wedge, it tightened up all the planks in the wall and helped hold them together without nails.

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