Online course in History

Preserving Norwegian Stave Churches

Stave churches are an important part of Norway's heritage. Discover how Norwegian Stave Churches have been restored and preserved.

  • Duration 2 weeks
  • Weekly study 3 hours
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What are the challenges of preserving Stave Churches? Find out on this course.

Stave Churches in Norway are admired worldwide for their rich history and intricate architecture. Some have been standing for almost 1,000 years and one, the Urnes Stave Church, is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

On this course, you will explore what makes Norwegian Stave Churches unique and how they have been preserved.

You will learn the definition of Stave Churches and what makes them different from each other. With real-life examples, you will explore the traditional craftmanship and tools used to restore Stave Churches in Norway, as well as understand the challenges in preserving them.

What topics will you cover?

  • The definition of a Stave Church
  • Different types of Stave Churches
  • Challenges in preserving Stave Churches
  • Examples of restoring Stave Churches

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What will you achieve?

By the end of the course, you'll be able to...

  • Identify the characteristics of a Stave Church
  • Explain the remaining groups of Stave Churches in Norway
  • Reflect upon the challenges in preserving the Norwegian Stave Churches
  • Explore a national cultural heritage initiative exemplified by the Norwegian Stave Church Restoration Programme

Who is the course for?

This course is for anyone interested in Stave Churches in Norway and how they have been restored.

Who will you learn with?

Who developed the course?

NTNU is the largest of the eight universities in Norway, and, as its name suggests, has the main national responsibility for higher education in engineering and technology.

The Norwegian Directorate for Cultural Heritage is responsible for the management of all archaeological and architectural monuments and sites and cultural environments in accordance with relevant legislation.

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