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Washington Island Stavkirke (1 of 2)

Posted by
Steven (Chicagoland, United States) on 22 September 2020 in Architecture and Portfolio.

Washington Island Stavkirke is a Stave Church located in Washington Island, Wisconsin. It is owned and operated by Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church and is positioned a few hundred yards away from it.

The volunteer-led construction of the church began in 1983 and was modeled after the Borgund Stave Church built in 1150 Borgund, Lærdal, Norway. It was created to reflect the Scandinavian heritage of Washington Island and was originally proposed by James Reiff, who was the acting pastor of Trinity Evangelical Lutheran church from 1978–1985. The building has twelve 18-foot masts all harvested locally from Washington Island. Eleven of the masts are Pine and one is White Fir. There are 9,600 four-inch wide shingles that make up the six-tiered roof of the Stavkirke. The church was completed and dedicated in the summer of 1995.

Around 5,000 people visit the Stavkirke annually. During the summer, there is a weekly Wednesday service that is held in the building. Both weddings and baptisms are held at the building through requests.

We were unable to enter the church at the time that we were there.

Photo captured August 17, 2020.

NIKON D7000 1/45 second F/9.5 ISO 400 27 mm (35mm equiv.)

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By Marie from Villages du Lac de Paladru, France

This photo reminds me of the churches and houses I saw in Russia in a pretty village called Kizhi. The architecture of this village is very close to your photo Steven.

22 Sep 2020 5:37am

Martine Girard from Brest, France

Elle a de drôles de formes.

22 Sep 2020 5:38am

Jypyä Pop from Turku, Finland

Great church. It is very interesting to see that it follows the Nordic traditions

22 Sep 2020 5:44am

Anna Cherer from LA ROCHELLE, France

Superb ! we can see similar churches in Norway !

22 Sep 2020 6:16am

Ana Lúcia from Leiria, Portugal

Fine old architecture. Peaceful atmosphere.

22 Sep 2020 6:25am

mo.langel from Courtelary, Switzerland

A superb composition, the architecture is superb! I've seen some of these in Norway!

22 Sep 2020 6:35am

grouser from Ludlow, United Kingdom

what a shame you couldn't go in, but a lovely capture of this beautiful timber frame building in rather difficult lighting conditions

22 Sep 2020 8:34am

Hiro from Kyoto, Japan

Oh, this is really gorgeous !

22 Sep 2020 9:20am

Shaun from Massachusetts, United States

A superb and very impressive wooden building Steven. Well photographed.

22 Sep 2020 9:22am

jpla from Anjou, France

Pas commun comme lieu de culte

22 Sep 2020 9:26am

Lougris from Toulouse, France

Magnifique construction !!

22 Sep 2020 10:21am

Mhelene from Villiers-sur-Marne, France

Beautiful photo of this church !

22 Sep 2020 12:10pm

Ralf Kesper from Fröndenberg, Germany

Interesting replacement of this Scandinavian church.

22 Sep 2020 12:59pm

Devi from Chennai, India

Wonderful and unique architectural beauty!! Like a Church in a Fairy Land !!
Pity, you could not go inside and we are the losers as we are missing the images you would hve taken there !

22 Sep 2020 2:48pm

Rose from United States

It looks like something from a fairy story. It is wonderful. If I can remember, I want to google it...

22 Sep 2020 2:52pm

Ruthiebear from Titusville, NJ, United States

What interesting architectural details!

22 Sep 2020 2:57pm

Existence Artistique from Angers, France

belle chapelle

22 Sep 2020 3:13pm

lisl from Bath, United Kingdom

That is one beautiful building, Steven

22 Sep 2020 3:51pm

tataray from Charentes-Poitou, France

Une magnifique forme, avec ses toits en escaliers. Vraiment très originale et belle tout en noir.

22 Sep 2020 4:13pm

Nadine from Le Sud......, France

trés belle cette chapelle toute de bois vêtue....

22 Sep 2020 4:22pm

Dreams come true from Utrecht, Netherlands

A very special church with the green nature around the building .
A lovely picture .

22 Sep 2020 4:45pm

B. Thomas from Arlington, Texas, United States

Beautiful church. I got to see one of these years ago in a history park in Norway.

22 Sep 2020 5:09pm

Remus from Portugal

A church with lovely architecture.
And the surroundings where it's inserted is luxurious.
Awesome place.

22 Sep 2020 8:14pm

Don from Spokane, United States

A fine picture of this remakable building. The backgrond is amazing.

23 Sep 2020 12:18am

Harry from Apex, NC, United States

nice shot of this historic structure. the dappled light works well here

23 Sep 2020 12:36am

Elaine Hancock from Olney, United States

This is such a beautiful church. The architecture is gorgeous. Almost something out of a fairy tale! A beautiful image.

23 Sep 2020 1:57am

jeanmadis from Chonburi, Thailand

Remarquable cette ouvrage architectural tout en bois.
Austère et très élégant à la fois dans son écran de verdure.
Superbe !

23 Sep 2020 2:00am

jeanmadis from Chonburi, Thailand

Merci aussi pour les informations historiques jointes à ce reportage qui aident bien à la compréhension de ce beau patrimoine.

23 Sep 2020 2:02am

Elizabeth Buckalew from Flagstaff, United States

What an amazing structure!!! Great shot!

23 Sep 2020 2:03am

Darkelf Photography from Perth, Australia

Good photo of the church with its fine architecture. Thank you for the background info too, as I was wondering how did a church like that end up on Washington Island. Very interesting!

23 Sep 2020 2:54am

Sam from Chennai, India

A fine shot of this beautiful Church. Amazing architecture. And interesting information. Thank you. :)

23 Sep 2020 5:23pm