Why are dragons and monsters carved into Norway’s stave churches?; Idun Haugan; Medievalists

The richly decorated portal at Urnes stave church in Norway has often been interpreted in light of paganism. That’s wrong, according to a new stave church study.

Source: Why are dragons and monsters carved into Norway’s stave churches? – Medievalists.net

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What do the animals in stave church ornamentation signify?; Idun Haugan; Science Nordic

The richly decorated portal at Urnes stave church has often been interpreted in light of paganism. That’s wrong, according to a new stave church study.

Source: What do the animals in stave church ornamentation signify?

Ten reasons to visit the Norwegian fjords; Jackie Holland; Telegraph

Source: Ten reasons to visit the Norwegian fjords

20 Most Beautiful UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Europe; NightLight; Quiet Corner

Norway – Urnes Stave Church

UNESCO chooses towns, national parks, and architectural wonders around the world, and they have designated more than 400 heritage sites in Europe alone.

When it comes to a continent as beautiful and diverse as Europe, deciding which landmarks to add to your itinerary can be a daunting task. It always helps to do some research before you set out with a backpack and Eurail pass, and luckily, some of that research has already been done for you by UNESCO.

This United Nations agency chooses towns, national parks, and architectural wonders around the world that are invaluable to humanity, and they have designated more than 400 heritage sites in Europe alone. We recommend you start with these 20 beautiful destinations, from Bavarian churches to Arctic fjords and everything in between.

Plitvice Lakes National Park, Croatia

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What are the most beautiful churches, temples, mosques, and other houses of worship that you have personally seen?; Petter Brenna Rian; Quora

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