Borgund stavkyrkje
Borgund stave church (Borgund stavkyrkje) is a stave church located in Borgund, Laerdal, Sogn, Norway. It is classified as a triple nave stave church of the so-called Sogn-type. This is the best preserved of Norway's 28 extant stave churches. It was probably built in the end of the 12th century, and has not changed structure or had a major reconstruction since that date. Most striking and odd to modern Christian eyes are the four dragon's heads, like those used on the prows of the old Viking ships---these were placed on the highest roof-peaks to serve the same function as the gargoyles on medieval Cathedrals---to ward off evil spirits. It should be noted that many more Christian crosses than dragon's heads adorn the peaks of the church roof.
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