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Norwegian Stave Churches are one of the world’s most impressive churches, and the oldest wooden structures which is left on earth.

With the introduction of Christianity to Norway in the 10th and 11th centuries, churches of different sizes and forms were built. Some may have been made partly of stones, some wooden buildings had earth-bound posts, and some had their lower construction set on a frame. Even though the wooden churches had structural differences, they give a recognizable general impression. Formal differences may hide common features of their planning; while apparently similar buildings may turn out to have their structural elements organized differently. Certain basic principles must have been common to all types of building. Basic geometrical figures, numbers that were easy to work with, one or just a few length units and simple ratios, and perhaps proportions as well were among the theoretical aids all builders inherited. The specialist was the man who knew a particular type of building so well that he could systematize its elements in a slightly different way from what was the case in the buildings known hitherto, thus carrying developments a stage further.

This church was probably built around year 1326. The church has changed in structure, but the facade and style is exactly the same. But the largest changes has been done inside the church, between 1885-1886 the interior was completely changed and redecorated.

Legend tells the Reinli Stavkirke was first located at the base of the valley in Sør-Aurdal, however the "little people" (underground creatures) were annoyed and transported the Stavkirke to it present location far up on the hillside.

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